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Table 1 Examples of errors occurring in each prescribing component process

From: Learning curves, taking instructions, and patient safety: using a theoretical domains framework in an interview study to investigate prescribing errors among trainee doctors

Prescription writing Decision making
Wrong patient Incorrect duration
Medication omitted Medication omitted
Inappropriate abbreviation Incorrect timing
Illegible Incorrect frequency
Incomplete prescription Incorrect route
Missing instructions for use Incorrect dose
Omission of prescriber signature Incorrect formulation
Incorrect drug Medication prescribed without indication
  Contra-indication to medication
  Significant drug-drug interaction
  Duplication of therapy
  Patient allergic to drug prescribed