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Pharmacy 2016, 4(3), 24;

Factors Influencing Successful Prescribing by Intern Doctors: A Qualitative Systematic Review

School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, College Road, Cork T12 YN60, Ireland
Department of General Practice, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork T12 YN60, Ireland
Pharmacy Department, Mercy University Hospital, Grenville Place, Cork T12 WE28, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Keith A. Wilson
Received: 11 July 2016 / Revised: 15 August 2016 / Accepted: 17 August 2016 / Published: 24 August 2016
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As the majority of prescribing in hospital is undertaken by intern doctors, the aims of this systematic review were to compile the evidence of the qualitative literature on the views and experiences of intern doctors and to examine the role of the pharmacist in assisting in prescribing by interns. A systematic review of the qualitative literature was done according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) Statement. The findings were synthesized using thematic analysis. Seven publications were included. Factors influencing prescribing behaviour were related to the environment; collaboration in medical teams; hierarchical structures; and patient and individual factors. This review confirmed that interns’ prescribing behaviour is influenced by multiple factors, and further highlighted the need for an educational intervention that supports the intern completing the prescribing task in a complex environment, and not just addresses the presumed knowledge gap(s). View Full-Text
Keywords: prescribing errors; medical curriculum; intern doctors; education prescribing errors; medical curriculum; intern doctors; education

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