Navigation Links
Many Medical Students Unprepared for Skilled Prescribing

Many medical students are unprepared for skilled prescribing, warn doctors in this week’s BMJ.Evidence of poor prescribing in the UK is abundant, write Jeffrey Aronson and colleagues.// Effective treatments are often underprescribed and prescription errors are common, especially when new doctors start work in hospitals.

The reasons for these errors are manifold, say the authors. Some relate to system failures, while another fundamental problem is that medical students are not adequately trained.

For example, in 1994, UK medical students received an average 61 hours of teaching related to pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, and therapeutics. Since then the numbers of pharmacologists and clinical pharmacologists in the UK (and thus the amount of teaching) have fallen.

In contrast, nurses seeking to obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing must complete a training course of 162 hours of theory and 90 hours of practice.

Prescribing is becoming increasingly difficult, and the inherent risks of adverse reactions and interactions have increased, they add. Tomorrow’s doctors need a firm grounding in the principles of pharmacology and clinical pharmacology, linked to practical therapeutics, so that they can weigh up the potential benefits and harms of treatment; understand the sources of variability in drug response; base prescribing decisions on sound evidence; and monitor drug effects appropriately.

Their prescription to improve prescribing includes regular education and assessment (linked to a licence to prescribe), a national prescription form for hospitals, guidelines and computerised prescribing systems.

There are too few pharmacologists and clinical pharmacologists to provide all the necessary teaching and assessments, so partnerships with other prescribers should be encouraged, they write. Medical students too can play their part by encouraging their medical schools to provide more t uition in practical drug therapy and prescribing.

“We challenge medical students, and all those involved in teaching students and training doctors to implement these proposals. After all, we shall all benefit from better prescribing,” they conclude.



Source-Newswise
RM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Degrees can now practice in India
2. Meditation Works Medically
3. Sleep Disorders Could Indicate Other Medical Problems
4. Being Obese Increases Ones Risk Of A wrong Diagnosis During Medical Imaging
5. Hypnosis Found To Reduce Stress In Children During Medical Procedures
6. Stanford Medical Center Implements The First Virtual Cardiac Ultrasound
7. Ayurvedic Therapies Cashing In On Medical Tourism
8. Prevention And Timely Medical Care Can Help With Bug Bites
9. Government Organisation Proposes Strict Guidelines For SubStandard Medical Devices
10. Grant of $7 million for Orissa Medical College from Japan
11. Indian Hospitals – A Destination For Quality Medical Care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and ... essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor ... National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, ... Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) sponsors Luke’s ... June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852. ... helping service members that have been wounded in battle and their families. Venture Construction ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Finally, a bruise cream that really works. Originally designed ... into the post-surgical treatment plans of a variety of other procedures including, but not ... effective for bruising and causes a rapid resolution of bruising and inflammatory changes compared ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Today, InhaleLabs.com ... the ingestion of their medication by matching users with high quality water pipes within ... pieces with no commitment. , Inhale was founded by two brothers, Nick and Mike ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... markets and sells medical devices and wearable sleep respiratory ... strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply Chain Management Co., ... June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s new Internet medical ... Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales platform to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 According to a new ... Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, 5mm, ... Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & Global ... the market for the forecast period of 2016 to ... Billion by 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in 2016, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in ... durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has ... is led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel ... investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization ... release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: