A Rapid Review of Prescribing Education Interventions

Usmaan Omer*, Evangelos Danopoulos, Martin Veysey, Paul Crampton, Gabrielle Finn

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Introduction: Many studies conducted on the causes and nature of prescribing errors have highlighted the inadequacy of teaching and training of prescribers. Subsequently, a rapid review was undertaken to update on the nature and effectiveness of educational interventions aimed at improving the prescribing skills and competencies. Methods: Twenty-two studies taking place between 2009 and 2019 were identified across nine databases. Results and Discussion: This review reinforced the importance of the WHO Guide to Good Prescribing to prescribing curriculum design as well as the effectiveness of small group teaching. However, it also highlighted the lack of innovation in prescribing education and lack of longitudinal follow-up regarding the effectiveness of prescribing education interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalMedical Science Educator
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2020

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  • Medical students
  • Non-medical prescribers: curriculum design
  • Prescribing education
  • WHO Guide to Good Prescribing

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