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Medication self-administration by patients: a way to prevent errors?

Frank T Formby
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (8): 471.

To the Editor: Two studies1,2 and an editorial3 on the vexed issue of medication errors in hospitals have recently appeared in the Journal. Yet none of them have mentioned patients, except as the passive victims of error, and all three have focused exclusively on public hospitals. This is unfortunate as, arguably, the public hospital system is evolving predominantly into a way station along the chronic illness journey within the wider health care system.

  • Frank T Formby

  • South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service, David Berry Hospital, Berry, NSW.

Correspondence: f.formby@unsw.edu.au

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