Developing an innovative online medication calculator for patients with Parkinson's disease who are nil by mouth

James Fisher, Annette Hand, Daniel Jamieson, Brian Wood, Richard W. Walker

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Abstract

Missed Parkinson's disease (PD) medications when patients are admitted to hospital are associated with increased ­morbidity and mortality. Swallowing difficulties in hospitalised PD patients are common and should prompt clinicians to ­consider conversion of a patient's PD medications to a non-oral form – this is, however, recognised as a challenging area with potential for error. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's PD service set out to address this patient safety issue through the development of an innovative online medication ­calculator (pdmedcalc.co.uk). This article summarises the development process underpinning the calculator, presents numerical data on the usage of the calculator and presents survey data ­relating to user experiences of the calculator. Lastly, we highlight how user feedback has been used to refine subsequent iterations of the calculator and how use of the calculator has rapidly spread beyond our trust because of it being freely accessible online.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-29
JournalFuture Hospital Journal
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

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