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Table 6 Summary of the types of errors identified

From: Systematic review of the health and societal effects of medication organisation devices

Study Design Error Type Error rate
Carruthers 2008 [32] RCT Omission of a medicine 99/297 (33.3 %)
Supplying a medicine discontinued by the general practitioner 37/297 (12.5 %)
Wrong strength 32/297 (10.8 %)
Incorrect instructions 32/297 (10.8 %)
Failure to deliver medicines 13/297 (4.4 %)
Wrong medicine 12.297 (4.0 %)
Wrong label 7/297 (2.4 %)
Other/Unknown 65/297 (21.9 %)
General practitioner error 79/297 (26.6 %)
Pharmacy error 125/297 (42.1 %)
Not attributable 93/297 (31.3 %)
Roberts 2004 [18] Cross-section, audit Missing tablets 75/190 (39.5 %)
Extra tablets 46/190 (24.2 %)
Tablet in wrong position 23/190 (12.1 %)
Medication changes not made 17/190 (8.9 %)
Labels incorrect 9/190 (4.7 %)
Wrong tablet 7/190 (3.7 %)
Pack/sachet/drug damaged 6/190 (3.2 %)
Special medications not packed correctly/packed when should not be 4/190 (2.1 %)
Authority script required 2/190 (1.1 %)
Wrong colour card 1/190 (0.5 %)