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Renal dosing clinical decision support (CDS) systems have demonstrated clinical effectiveness and potential benefits for patient outcomes. However, the high override rates consistently reported are problematic and undesirable. To understand providers' use patterns of renal dosing CDS, we investigated the override reasons obtained from primary care practices affiliated with two teaching hospitals. We selected a stratified random sample of 300 alerts and reviewed electronic medical records. Appropriateness criteria and an inter-rater reliability process were used. We found that two thirds of alerts were overridden inappropriately, and this proportion was similar for frequent over-riders as compared to the remainder of physicians. These findings imply that strategies are needed to convince providers to accept more clinically appropriate suggestions, though they need to be broadly targeted.

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Studies in Health Technology and Informatics

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