drug monitoring

Formal Definition

The process of observing, recording, or detecting the effects of a chemical substance administered to an individual therapeutically or diagnostically. Adverse-effect monitoring uses systematically developed written statements, concerning specific clinical problems, intended to assist practitioners and clients in making decisions about appropriate care

Jordan S., Tunnicliffe C., Sykes A. 2002 Minimising Side Effects: The clinical impact of nurse-administered ‘side effect’ checklists. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 37; 2: 155-65