The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
MS conceived and designed the study, analyzed and interpreted the data, and prepared the manuscript including critical revisions. LB participated in analysis and interpretation of data and in manuscript preparation. LC participated in study design and data acquisition and in manuscript preparation. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The "Put Prevention into Practice" campaign of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) was launched with the dissemination of the Clinician's Handbook of Preventive Services that recommended standards of clinical care for various prevention activities, including preventive clinical strategies to reduce the risk of adverse drug events. We explored whether nonprescribing clinicians such as chiropractors may contribute to advancing drug safety initiatives by identifying potential adverse drug events in their chiropractic patients, and by bringing suspected adverse drug events to the attention of the prescribing clinicians.
Mail survey of US chiropractors about their detection of potential adverse drug events in their chiropractic patients.
Over half of responding chiropractors (62%) reported having identified a suspected adverse drug event occurring in one of their chiropractic patients. The severity of suspected drug-related events detected ranged from mild to severe.
Chiropractors or other nonprescribing clinicians may be in a position to detect potential adverse drug events in the community. These detection and reporting mechanisms should be standardized and policies related to clinical case management of suspected adverse drug events occurring in their patients should be developed.
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