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Exploring the Role of Pharmacists in Medical Student Training for the Prescribing Safety Assessment

Version 1 : Received: 8 June 2018 / Approved: 11 June 2018 / Online: 11 June 2018 (04:53:22 CEST)

How to cite: Al-Kudhairi, F.; Kayyali, R.; Savickas, V.; Sharma, N. Exploring the Role of Pharmacists in Medical Student Training for the Prescribing Safety Assessment. Preprints 2018, 2018060147 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201806.0147.v1). Al-Kudhairi, F.; Kayyali, R.; Savickas, V.; Sharma, N. Exploring the Role of Pharmacists in Medical Student Training for the Prescribing Safety Assessment. Preprints 2018, 2018060147 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201806.0147.v1).

Abstract

Five years after the introduction of the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) in the UK, the role pharmacists play to help prepare medical students for this challenge is uncertain. Our study explored pharmacists’ perceptions about their role in undergraduate medical training for the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA). Study participants were emailed a qualitative questionnaire aimed at ascertaining their current involvement in undergraduate medical education, particularly the preparation for PSA. Responses received were thematically-analysed. A total of 27 UK hospital pharmacists and 3 pharmacists from local education and training boards completed the questionnaire. Pharmacists were positive about their involvement in medical student training, recognising the added value they could provide in prescribing practice. However, respondents expressed concerns in relation to resource availability and the need for formal educational practice mentoring. This research highlights the potential value of pharmacists’ input into medical education and the need for a discussion on strategies to expand this role to maximise the benefit from pharmacist skill mix in teaching safe prescribing.

Subject Areas

inter-professional; education; pharmacist; medical; undergraduate; PSA

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