Effectiveness of a national approach to prescribing education for multiple disciplines
Article first published online: 5 FEB 2013
© 2012 The Authors. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Special Issue: Nutraceuticals Themed Section
Volume 75, Issue 3, pages 756–762, March 2013
How to Cite
Khanal, S., Buckley, T., Harnden, C., Koo, M., Peterson, G., Ryan, A., Tse, J., Westbury, J. and Zuo, Y. (2013), Effectiveness of a national approach to prescribing education for multiple disciplines. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 75: 756–762. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2012.04399.x
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 5 FEB 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 30 JUL 2012 09:55PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 1 APR 2012
- medical students;
- national prescribing curriculum;
- nurse practitioner students;
- pharmacy students;
To evaluate the effectiveness of a national approach to prescribing education on health professional students’ prescribing and therapeutics knowledge, across multiple disciplines.
In a university examination setting, 83 medical, 40 pharmacy and 13 nurse practitioner students from three different universities completed a set of multiple choice questions (MCQs) before and after completing an online module from the National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC). To minimize overestimation of knowledge, students had to indicate the level of certainty for each answer on a three-point scale. MCQs were scored using a validated certainty-based marking scheme resulting in a composite score (maximum 30 and minimum −60). Students were asked to rate their perception of usefulness of the module.
At the pre-module phase, there were no significant differences in the composite MCQ scores between the medical (9.0 ± 10.3), pharmacy (10.2 ± 10.6) and nurse practitioner (8.0 ± 10.7) students. The scores improved significantly for all groups at the post-module phase (P < 0.01 for all groups) by similar extents (post-module results: medical, 14.5 ± 9.6; pharmacy, 14.4 ± 9.9; nurse practitioner, 12.1 ± 9.6). 39.4% of the MCQs answered incorrectly with high level of certainty at the pre-module phase were still answered incorrectly with high level of certainty at the post-module phase. Almost all students (with no significant difference between the groups) found the NPC modules, post-module MCQs and feedback useful as a learning tool.
A national online approach to prescribing education can improve therapeutics knowledge of students from multiple disciplines of health care and contribute towards streamlining interdisciplinary learning in medication management.