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Table 3 High risk of error estimated from medication knowledge and certainty evaluation - totally, for each discipline and topic

From: Differences in medication knowledge and risk of errors between graduating nursing students and working registered nurses: comparative study

  Proportion of questions with high risk of error
  Students Nurses P-value
  (n = 243) (n = 203)  
Total (42) 2) 15.6% 14.9% 0.46
Pharmacology (14) 11.2% 11.1% 0.98
- General (3) 5.9% 5.4% 0.68
- Effect (3) 3.7% 2.8% 0.38
- Side effects/interactions (4) 7.9% 8.9% 0.66
- Administration form/generics (4) 24.0% 23.8% 0.99
Drug management 26.6% 26.4% 0.87
- Responsibility (2) 36.4% 24.9% 0.001
- Storage (4) 29.8% 27.3% 0.39
- Dispensing (4) 15.0% 24.3% <0.001
- Distribution (4) 30.0% 28.4% 0.43
Drug dose calculations (14) 9.1% 7.2% 0.005
- Units (7) 10.8% 10.2% 0.30
- Dose-amount-strength (4) 8.4% 3.4% <0.001
- Dilution/infusion (3) 5.5% 4.8% 0.38
  1. Mann-Whitney U-test.
  2. The results are given as percent of the total number of answers where the participants were certain that an incorrect answer was correct.
  3. 2)( ) = number of questions.