Nurses' perceptions of causes of medication errors and barriers to reporting

J Nurs Care Qual. 2007 Jan-Mar;22(1):28-33. doi: 10.1097/00001786-200701000-00007.


This study describes nurses' perceptions about medication errors and the effects of physician order entry and barcode medication administration on medication errors. A convenience sample of 61 medical-surgical nurses was surveyed. All nurses surveyed perceived that information technology decreases medication errors. However, medication errors continue to occur despite the availability of sophisticated information technology systems.

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Systems / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors / nursing*
  • Medical Staff, Hospital
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / standards
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care