How to prescribe and dispense driving impairing medicines: application of the DRUID materials in software for physicians and pharmacists

The aim of this research is to illustrate the added value of the DRUID categorization system after implementation of the DRUID system (e.g. in computer systems for prescribing physicians and dispensing pharmacists). Based on DRUID materials an intervention study was carried out in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, in which electronic provision of relevant information (as a stand-alone tool or integrated in the software packages used in daily practice) to select the least impairing medicine within a therapeutic class, if available, was provided during prescribing and dispensing of driving impairing medicines. The implementation of computerized guidelines and DRUID categorization was highly accepted by both physicians and pharmacists and participants. For physicians significant increase in reported behaviour was found. On the contrary, no significant differences in actual knowledge and attitudes were revealed. For pharmacists attitudes and awareness were significantly more positive after the implementation of DRUID information. Significant increase in reported behaviour and actual knowledge was found. Health care professionals can improve their prescribing and dispensing practices if supported by DRUID materials (in particular by offering integrated software applications). Dispensing support tools with information on the potential impairing effects of medicines on the fitness to drive increases awareness, reported risk communication behavior as well as knowledge of pharmacists.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 199-204
  • Monograph Title: 20th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference Proceedings, 25-28 August 2013, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01495660
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2013 10:11AM