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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Development and Validation of a New Prescription Quality Index - Hassan - 2009 - British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology - Wiley Online Library

Prescription Quality Index- A new index to measure quality of prescriptions.
Prescription Quality Index• Many studies raise serious questions about the prescribing appropriateness and prescription quality. However, there is a lack of a single measure which will capture all facets of prescription quality.

• Evaluation of prescriptions was usually based on expert judgement of practitioners.

• Definition of prescription quality, reference model, validity and reliability of the measurement tools, and other data such as the number, type and severity of diagnosis of patients were usually insufficient or lacking.

What this study adds

• The Prescription Quality Index (PQI) was developed with a strong structural foundation and was able to capture the clinical, clerical, and legal requirement of a prescription.

• Extensive psychometric testing was performed on the PQI and the new tool demonstrated acceptable validity and reliability.

• The PQI has been shown to be a valid, reliable and responsive tool to measure quality of prescriptions in chronic diseases.

Development and Validation of a New Prescription Quality Index - Hassan - 2009 - British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology - Wiley Online Library

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