Writing a prescription may seem like a simple, routine task in a health professional’s day to day practice. However, this does not mean that it doesn’t deserve due thought and attention. Not doing so can lead to incomplete, inaccurate, or illegible prescriptions which are major contributors to medication errors.
While medication errors can occur at any stage of the medication use process, prescribing errors - failures in the prescription writing process that result in incorrect or missing information being given for one or more of the normal elements of a prescription - are one of the most common, avoidable medication errors. Evidence has shown that prescription writing education can have a positive effect on this issue.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
This continuing professional development (CPD) program has been designed to consider the CanMEDS - Family Medicine Competency Framework, including the roles of: