A Research Study On Medication Errors Essay

2066 Words Nov 7th, 2016 9 Pages
Medication errors are one of the most common causes of unintended harm affecting organizations and patients each year. These errors can be particularly dangerous to children who have been placed in the foster care system due to the high volume and types of medications that this population of children are typically prescribed. Although a large amount of research has been conducted related to the foster care population and the types of medications this population receives no studies can be found related to children within the foster care system who are placed in the group home setting in relation to medication administration or medication errors and their effects.
Problem Statement
On September 30, 2014, there were an estimated 415,129 children in foster care in the United States, with care being provided in foster homes or group home settings (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2016). Studies have shown the annual prevalence rate of psychotropic medication prescriptions with in children in foster care in the U. S. is six point seven percent (Alvai & Calleja, 2012). According to research children in foster care are two to four times more likely to receive psychiatric medications than other Medicaid children and are far more likely to receive multiple psychiatric medications (Hilt, 2013). Children in foster care are more likely to be prescribed multiple psychotropic medications at very high doses, although research shows higher doses can result in…

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