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Practical Prescribing for Medical Students

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November 2013 | 184 pages | Learning Matters
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 in order to graduate. 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.

Key features:
  •  Directly linked to the prescribing competencies in the GMC's Tomorrow's Doctors and Good Practice in Prescribing Medicines
  • Real-life prescribing case studies and scenarios relate the principles to actual practice and placement situations
  • Activities throughout each chapter for testing prescribing knowledge and skills
  • Test questions for the new Prescribing Skills Assessment to help students prepare and be confident that they can pass.
Arnold Zermansky
Introduction: The Challenge of Prescribing
Catherine Gill and Monica Murphy
Communication and Patient Collaboration
Monica Murphy and Catherine Gill
Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities in Prescribing Practice
Andy Hutchinson and Jonathan Underhill
Evidenced-Based Practice and Keeping up to Date
Greg Heath and Helen Bradbury
Working with Others
Natalie Bryars
Medicines Requiring Particular Care
Daniel Greer
Prescribing for Specialist Patient Groups
David Alldred
Common Errors
Barry Strickland-Hodge
Adverse Drug Reactions
Barry Strickland-Hodge
Drug Interactions

This is a comprehensive book on the subject of prescribing for medical students. The chapters are well set out with good use of case studies throughout. I would recommend this book to students of all disciplines as well as those studying non-medical prescribing qualifications

Mrs Kate Harrison
Education Centre 1, Lancashire Teaching Hospital
July 6, 2015

Aimed at Phases 3 of the MBBS, I am eager for students to engage with this text which is commensurate with national/GMC policy. The complex nature of prescribing is made simple with the principles and practice easily defined.

Ms Michelle Robinson
Division of Medical Education, Kings College
August 21, 2014

This book addresses the essentials of safe presecribing for medical students and links directly to the GMC prescribing competencies and real life cases. I liked the activities and test questions.

Angela Rowlands
Centre for Medical Education, Queen Mary, University of London
March 6, 2014

Valuable not just for medical students, for example this book is used on non medical prescribing course as well

Mr Steven Jones
Health and social care , Edge Hill University
February 3, 2014

Practical Prescribing for Medical Students Provides a clear introduction to evidence based prescribing with clinical cases relevant to what students are likely to encounter as a junior doctor. The chapter summaries are useful for consolidating key points and the clinical case based exercises enable students to apply the clinical theory to practice. It also explores the practical aspects of shared decision making and prescribing in both primary and secondary care. The prescribing for specialist patient groups such as paediatrics and pregnancy are both very useful.

Dr Nikola Sambandan
Medical and Dental Education, St Bartholomew's Hosp Medical College
January 22, 2014

useful examples and self tests

Dr Margaret Culshaw
School of Applied Sciences, Huddersfield University
December 11, 2013

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