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Table 2 Types of suspected medication-related harm admissions and drugs implicated

From: A descriptive exploratory study of how admissions caused by medication-related harm are documented within inpatients’ medical records

Drug group Adverse drug reactions (ADR) Adherence Error ADR & Error Adherence & Error Total
Diuretics 16 1     17
Anti-epileptics 2 8    1 11
Drugs used in diabetes 2 4 1    7
Beta blockers 4 2     6
Anti-platelets 5      5
Anticoagulants 4 1     5
Opioid analgesics 4 1     5
Drugs affecting the renin-angiotensin system 3 1 1    5
Calcium channel blockers 3 1     4
Anti-infectives 3    1   4
Anti-depressants 3      3
Positive inotropes 2 1     3
Other groups implicated once 15 3 2    20
Total 66 23 4 1 1 95
Total patients 45 (70%) 15 (23%) 2 (3%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 64 (100%)
  1. Groups based on British National Formulary [1] categories.