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Table 12 Pareto table

From: Using total quality management approach to improve patient safety by preventing medication error incidences**

Cause of medication error Score Percent Cumulative percent
Prescribing behavior of physicians 81 59.6 59.6
Verbal order 14 10.3 69.9
Understaffing 14 10.3 80.1
Lack of information on the patient 11 8.1 88.2
New staff 9 6.6 94.9
Lack of knowledge on the medication 7 5.1 100
Total 136 100  
  1. Causes of medication error related prescribing phase after groping the causes related to prescribing behavior of physicians (poor handwriting orders, unapproved abbreviations, metric & apothecary systems and unnecessary decimal points) (N = 318)