The competent prescriber: 12 core competencies for safe prescribing

Lum, Elaine, Mitchell, Charles, & Coombes, Ian (2013) The competent prescriber: 12 core competencies for safe prescribing. Australian Prescriber, 36(1), pp. 13-16.

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Prescribing errors remain a significant cause of patient harm. Safe prescribing is not just about writing a prescription, but involves many cognitive and decision-making steps.

A set of national prescribing competencies for all prescribers (including non-medical) is needed to guide education and training curricula, assessment and credentialing of individual practitioners.

We have identified 12 core competencies for safe prescribing which embody the four stages of the prescribing process – information gathering, clinical decision making, communication, and monitoring and review.

These core competencies, along with their learning objectives and assessment methods, provide a useful starting point for teaching safe and effective prescribing.

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ID Code: 67716
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Prescribing, Quality Use of Medicines
ISSN: 0312-8008
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 National Prescribing Service Ltd.
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2014 23:28
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2014 22:00

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