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Developing an innovative online medication calculator for patients with Parkinson's disease who are nil by mouth

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James Fisher, Daniel Jamieson, Professor Richard Walker



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Missed Parkinson's disease (PD) medications when patients are admitted to hospital are associated with increased ­morbidity and mortality. Swallowing difficulties in hospitalised PD patients are common and should prompt clinicians to ­consider conversion of a patient's PD medications to a non-oral form – this is, however, recognised as a challenging area with potential for error. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's PD service set out to address this patient safety issue through the development of an innovative online medication ­calculator ( This article summarises the development process underpinning the calculator, presents numerical data on the usage of the calculator and presents survey data ­relating to user experiences of the calculator. Lastly, we highlight how user feedback has been used to refine subsequent iterations of the calculator and how use of the calculator has rapidly spread beyond our trust because of it being freely accessible online.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fisher JM, Hand A, Jamieson D, Wood B, Walker RW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Future Hospital Journal

Year: 2017

Volume: 4

Issue: 1

Pages: 27-29

Print publication date: 01/02/2017

Acceptance date: 01/02/2016

Date deposited: 16/02/2018

ISSN (print): 2055-3323

ISSN (electronic): 2055-3331

Publisher: Royal College of Physicians


DOI: 10.7861/futurehosp.4-1-27


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