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J R Soc Med. 1993 October; 86(10): 569–570.
PMCID: PMC1294134

Is ophthalmic therapy often overlooked in hospital wards?


In a prospective study regarding the accuracy of ophthalmic drugs prescriptions of 55 inpatients in two general teaching hospitals, it was found that: only 27.3% of these patients had their ocular therapy correctly prescribed; 38.2% had their eye medications incorrectly prescribed; and 34.5% had no ophthalmic drugs prescribed. The authors conclude that more care during case history taking could prevent such errors.

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