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Inter-professional prescribing masterclass for medical students and non-medical prescribing students (nurses and pharmacists): a pilot study

Kinnear, M; Paterson, R; Rolfe, A; Coll, A; Kinnear, Moira


M Kinnear

A Rolfe

A Coll

Moira Kinnear


Background and aims Prescribing errors cause significant patient morbidity and mortality. Current legislation allows prescribing by different health professions. Inter-professional collaboration and learning may result in safer prescribing practice. This study aimed to develop, pilot and test the feasibility of a simulated inter-professional prescribing masterclass for non-medical prescribing students, medical students and pharmacists.

Methods and results A three-scenario, simulated patient session was designed and implemented by an expert panel. Medical students, non-medical prescribing students and pharmacists worked together to formulate and implement evidence-based prescriptions. The Readiness for Inter-professional Learning Score (RIPLS) and a self-efficacy score were administered to the students and the Trust in Physician Score to the simulated patients. Overall, the RIPLS and self-efficacy scores increased. Pharmacists showed the highest rating in the Trust in Physician score. Post masterclass group discussions suggested that the intervention was viewed as a positive educational experience.

Conclusion An inter-professional prescribing masterclass is feasible and acceptable to students. It increases self-efficacy, readiness for inter-professional learning and allows students to learn from, about and with each other. A larger study is warranted and the use of feedback from simulated patients explored further

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 23, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 23, 2015
Publication Date 2015-11
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2015
Journal Scottish Medical Journal
Print ISSN 0036-9330
Electronic ISSN 2045-6441
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Issue 4
Pages 202-207
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