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Review: computerised reminders and feedback can improve provider medication management

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 QUESTION: What is the effectiveness of computer generated medication reminders or feedback directed at healthcare providers or patients?

Data sources

English language studies were identified by searching Medline (1966–2001), CINAHL (1982–2001), COMPENDEX (1987–2001), the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (1996–2001), and Current Contents (1997–2001); hand searching the contents pages of conference proceedings from MEDINFO (1980–92) and SCAMC/AMIA Annual Fall Symposium (1984–91); and reviewing reference lists of retrieved articles.

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Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) were included if they assessed the use of computers to assist in identifying patients and generating reminders or feedback. Studies of systems that calculated drug doses …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For correspondence: Dr J W Bennett, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. j.bennett{at}