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Pharmacy 2017, 5(2), 32; doi:10.3390/pharmacy5020032

Teaching Prescribing: Just What the Doctor Ordered? A Thematic Analysis of the Views of Newly Qualified Doctors

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Pharmaceutical Care Research Group, School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork T12 YN60, Ireland
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Department of General Practice, University College Cork, Cork T12 XF62, Ireland
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Pharmacy Department, Mercy University Hospital, Cork T12 WE28, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Jeffrey Atkinson
Received: 27 April 2017 / Revised: 22 May 2017 / Accepted: 9 June 2017 / Published: 13 June 2017
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Abstract

Undergraduate medical education has been criticised for failing to adequately prepare doctors for the task of prescribing. Pharmacists have been shown to improve medication use in hospitals. This study aims to elicit the views of intern doctors on the challenges of prescribing, and to suggest changes in education to enhance prescribing practice and potential role of the pharmacist. Semi-structured, qualitative interviews were conducted with intern doctors in their first year post qualification in an Irish hospital. Data collection was conducted until no new themes emerged and thematic analysis was performed. Thirteen interviews took place. Interns described training in practical prescribing as limited and felt the curriculum failed to convey the reality of actual prescribing. Pharmacists were perceived to be a useful, but underutilised, information source in the prescribing process. They requested an earlier introduction, and repeated exposure, to prescribing, and suggested the involvement of peers and pharmacists in this teaching. Intern doctors reported difficulties in applying knowledge gained in medical school to clinical practice. New strategies are needed to enhance the clinical relevance of the medical curriculum by rethinking the learning outcomes regarding prescribing practice and the involvement of pharmacists in prescribing education. View Full-Text
Keywords: intern doctors; prescribing; education; medical curriculum; pharmacist; interdisciplinary education intern doctors; prescribing; education; medical curriculum; pharmacist; interdisciplinary education
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Hansen, C.R.; Walsh, E.K.; Bradley, C.P.; Sahm, L.J. Teaching Prescribing: Just What the Doctor Ordered? A Thematic Analysis of the Views of Newly Qualified Doctors. Pharmacy 2017, 5, 32.

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