The similarity index of medicine names to prevent confusion

Keita Nabeta, Takahiro Imai, Masaomi Kimura, Michiko Ohkura, Fumito Tsuchiya

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Abstract

There are many reports of medical errors mainly caused by the similarity of drug names in Japanese such as (Amaryl) and (Almarl). In order to prevent such errors, one of we studied methods of measuring the similarity of drug names and implemented a search engine to find pairs of similar medicine names in Japan. However, the existing methods only evaluate sequences of common substrings. In addition, although some methods take the similarity of character (letter) shapes into consideration, they assume that the similarity of each character pair is given, usually by hand. In order to define the objective similarity index of medicine names, it is also necessary to measure the similarity of character shape objectively. In this study, we propose a method of evaluating character similarity by image processing and apply the method if defining medicine name similarity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationErgonomics for All
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating PPCOE's 20 Years of Excellence - Selected Papers of the Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010
Pages129-134
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Event9th Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2010 Nov 72010 Nov 10

Publication series

NameErgonomics for All: Celebrating PPCOE's 20 Years of Excellence - Selected Papers of the Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010

Conference

Conference9th Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityKaohsiung
Period10/11/710/11/10

Keywords

  • Medical safety
  • Medicine names
  • Similarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Nabeta, K., Imai, T., Kimura, M., Ohkura, M., & Tsuchiya, F. (2011). The similarity index of medicine names to prevent confusion. In Ergonomics for All: Celebrating PPCOE's 20 Years of Excellence - Selected Papers of the Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010 (pp. 129-134). (Ergonomics for All: Celebrating PPCOE's 20 Years of Excellence - Selected Papers of the Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010).