This article examined medication errors among cancer outpatients at several oncology clinics. Adults and children with cancer receive complex medication regimes and the frequency of medication errors in this health care setting is not well known.
The authors reviewed medical records from four oncology clinics. Two physicians independently identified the existence and severity of errors. They also identified possible interventions to prevent medication errors.
Medication errors are relatively frequent among adults and children receiving outpatient care for cancer. Improved communication may lower the rate of medication errors.