Communication networks of medication management in an ambulatory care setting.


Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Fitch Hall, 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA, 50311, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Systems approaches in healthcare address complexities of care related to medication safety. Adverse drug events can be prevented by communication between providers. Thus, methods that depict the structures and processes of communications are foundational for prevention efforts. Social network analysis is a methodology applied in healthcare settings to describe and quantify communication patterns. Knowledge of the structures and processes surrounding medication management communications will be useful to explain and intervene on related quality or safety outcomes.


Ambulatory care,Communication,Medication management,Social network analysis,Systems theory,

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