Learning to prescribe is an essential part of medical training. Due to various high profile serious prescribing errors, the GMC have introduced stricter prescribing standards which medical students must meet, and a prescribing exam is soon to be compulsory on all medical programmes. This book helps medical students learn the essentials of safe prescribing practice, and is aimed directly at their needs. It covers all the aspects of prescribing required by the GMC, including principles of prescribing, law and ethics, professional responsibilities, patient communication, at-risk groups, avoiding common errors and what to do when things go wrong.

Common Errors

Common Errors

Common errors
David Alldred

Achieving your Medical Degree

This chapter will help you begin to meet the following requirements of Tomorrow's Doctors (General Medical Council (GMC), 2009):

8. (f) Demonstrate knowledge of drug actions: therapeutics and pharmacokinetics; drug side effects and interactions, including for multiple treatments, long-term conditions and non-prescribed medication; and also including effects on the population, such as the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Outcomes 2 - The doctor as a practitioner

17. Prescribe drugs safely, effectively and economically.

(a) Establish an accurate drug history, covering both prescribed and other medication.

(e) Provide patients with appropriate information about their medicines.

(f) Access reliable information about medicines.

(g) Detect and report adverse drug reactions.

(h) Demonstrate awareness that many patients use complementary and alternative therapies, and awareness of the existence and range of ...

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