Adverse reactions: Questions to ask

Last updated: Thursday, November 18, 2021

You will usually need further information before tackling a clinical problem involving an adverse reaction. There are some general questions to ask when problem solving, but what do you need to know that’s specific to ADRs?

Have a think about the sort of information you may need when dealing with a clinical problem involving an adverse reaction. 

Perhaps a nurse has asked you: "Mr Smith has a rash. Do you think it's caused by one of his medicines?" What questions might you ask about the medicines concerned, and about the patient? How do you ensure any advice you give is actioned?

When you’ve had thinking time, study the infographic below which captures some of the important questions to think about.

Once you've considered the image above, click through to the next page to examine in more detail why these questions are important to your practice.