JOHN F. BURNUM, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Some authors have assumed, but without supporting data, that the vast majority of adverse drug reactions occur needlessly and are preventable (1-5). Also, most surveys of adverse drug reactions have been limited to hospital bed patients on acute medical teaching wards (5). This is a study of the preventability and responsibility for adverse drug reactions as seen in a community practice.
One thousand individual adult medical patients, 459 men and 541 women, encountered consecutively in our three-man group, community, office-based practice of general internal medicine were observed for adverse drug reactions, for the source of the drug associated with the
BURNUM JF. Preventability of Adverse Drug Reactions. Ann Intern Med. ;85:80–81. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-1-80
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(1):80-81.
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