Drug handling: Questions to ask

Last updated: Thursday, November 22, 2018

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There's a range of further information you may need before solving a clinical problem where drug handling is a significant element. Of course, you'll want to check the patient's drug history and medical history, and if you're being asked about use of a specific medicine you'll need the indication, dose, frequency, route of administration and expected duration of treatment.

There are some general questions to ask when problem solving, and the tutorials on renal disease and liver disease offer you some questioning tips related to drug handling.


Think about the information you may need when dealing with a clinical problem about a medicine that requires monitoring of drug levels. What questions might you ask about the medicine and about the patient?

Once you've thought about it, then look at the infographic below which captures some of the important questions to consider in these situations.



When 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.