A small economic inducement to stimulate increased reporting of adverse drug reactions - a way of dealing with an old problem?
2006 (English)In: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, ISSN 0031-6970, E-ISSN 1432-1041, Vol. 62, no 5, 381-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of a small economic inducement on the rate of spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and the attitudes of general practitioners and physicians towards reporting of ADRs. METHOD: One intervention and one control county were selected for the study. Written information about the main purpose of spontaneous reporting of ADRs was personally addressed to all physicians in the two counties. The information was identical, except for the addition that during a period of 6 months two lottery tickets would be given to the receivers in the intervention area with the standard personal feedback to the reporter of the ADR. After the 6-month study period, the actual number of reported ADRs and the seriousness of the reported ADRs were assessed. To investigate the attitude towards this stimulation of reporting, a questionnaire was addressed to all physicians within the intervention area (IA). RESULTS: From the IA a total number of 57 ADR reports were received containing 62 suspected ADRs, 40% of which were assessed as serious reactions. From the control area (CA), 49 reports containing 50 suspected ADRs were received, 32% of which were assessed as serious reactions. The increase of ADR reports from the IA compared to the same time period the previous year was 59% as compared to an unchanged reporting from the CA. Of those responding to the questionnaire, 80% did not believe that a small economic bonus would be a useful tool to improve the reporting rate. CONCLUSION: A small economic inducement is associated with an increase in the reporting of suspected ADRs.
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2006. Vol. 62, no 5, 381-385 p.
Adverse drug reaction, Spontaneous reporting, Under-reporting, Economic inducement
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-27062DOI: 10.1007/s00228-005-0072-0PubMedID: 16572320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-27062DiVA: diva2:275953