Drug Safety

Clinicians and Their Chronically Ill Pediatric Patients Together Can Improve Medication Adherence and the Use of Health Care Services

A girl uses an inhaler for asthma.When children and adolescents who have chronic illnesses, forget or decide not to take their medications, they are more likely to have the kinds of symptoms that require a trip to the emergency department or a stay in the hospital. Clinicians can take a more active role in promoting medication adherence among their chronically ill pediatric patients with monitoring devices that track medication adherence.

 


The Rutgers CERT Helps Establish Updated Parameters for Psychotropic Medication Use in Texas Foster Children

A child rests his chin on his folded arms.The State of Texas has a single, comprehensive, managed-care system to provide medical and mental health services to children and youth in foster care. The Rutgers CERT recently collaborated on the update of the State’s oversight protocol and recommended important changes to help reduce the use of these medicines in foster children. 

 


Nurses Can Help Improve Health Literacy in Patient Care

A health professional explains a prescription label to a patientExtensive research shows that people who have low health literacy have poorer health outcomes and higher medical costs. Learn about the Northwestern CERT's research and the role that nurses can play in improving health literacy and access AHRQ's Health Literacy Universal Toolkit.

Page last reviewed March 2017
Page originally created March 2017
Internet Citation: Drug Safety. Content last reviewed March 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/chain/practice-tools/drug-safety/index.html