Table 2

 GPs’ knowledge of the presence of a range of patient safety features on their current clinical computer system

As far as you know, does your computer have the following safety features …?% responses
YesNoNot sure
Contraindication alerts, e.g. warning you to a past medical history of peptic ulcer when trying to prescribe an NSAID to a patient (n = 352)53.734.911.4
Allergy alerts, e.g. alerting you that a patient is allergic to a particular drug if you were to try to prescribe it (n = 354)85.310.54.2
Alerts regarding frequency of dose, e.g. alerting you that methotrexate is normally prescribed weekly (n = 354)27.749.722.6
Alerts regarding drugs with similar names, e.g. alerting you to a potential hazard if you were to select penicillamine rather than penicillin (n = 353)18.162.619.3
Features that make it extremely difficult to override an alert for a potentially fatal prescribing error (n = 377)13.057.329.7
Alerts to warn you that a patient has gone beyond their review date when issuing a repeat prescription (n = 377)82.813.34.0
Alerts to warn you that a patient may be underusing their medication when it comes to trying to issue a repeat prescription (n = 375)52.839.77.5
Alerts to warn you that a patient may be overusing their medication when it comes to trying to issue a repeat prescription (n = 377)65.328.95.8
Prompts that require you to record a reason if you have overridden an alert (n = 376)33.054.812.2
Systems for recalling patients who need blood test monitoring,e.g. U&Es for patients on diuretics (n = 372)16.968.514.5
Systems for recording intended referrals so that patients can be identified if a referral hasn’t been made within a certain period of time (n = 374)11.869.518.7