Effect of education on the appropriateness of serum drug concentration determination

Donna J. Carroll, Garth E. Austin, Gregory E. Austin, Randell K. Miyahara, John E. Murphy, Earl S. Ward

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The purpose of this study was to document the effect of education on the appropriateness of serum drug concentration (SDC) collection. This study included a period of education for hospital personnel involved in the acquisition of drug levels. These included nursing staff, lab personnel, housestaff (residents/interns), ward clerks, and pharmacists. This study included patients receiving aminoglycoside and/or vancomycin while on the general medicine service during the specified study periods. Patients receiving <72 h of antimicrobial therapy and patients transferred to or from the surgery service were excluded from the study. A retrospective pre- and posteducation comparison using Chi-square analysis was made to determine whether the percentage of appropriate and useful SDCs was improved through education. There was a significant difference (p < 0.005) between the percentage of appropriate SDCs in the pre- and posteducation period. As a result of the study, a change in procedure for ordering SDCs was initiated, using an educational program, in order to continue the trend of appropriate SDCs at the Veterans Administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalTherapeutic Drug Monitoring
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Aminoglycosides
  • Education
  • Pharmacokinetic
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Vancomycin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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