Which non-technical skills do junior doctors require to prescribe safely? A systematic review

January 27, 2016

Source:  British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

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Date of publication:  November 2015

Publication type:  Systematic review

In a nutshell:  The aim of this review was to develop a prototype non-technical skills (NTS) taxonomy for safe prescribing, by junior doctors, in hospital settings.  As a result of this research, a prototype taxonomy of relevant categories (situational awareness, decision making, communication and team working, and task management) and elements was constructed.  This prototype will form the basis of future work to create a tool that can be used for training and assessment of medical students and junior doctors to reduce prescribing error in the future.

Length of publication:  12 pages

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Simple prompts on drug charts improve prevention.

March 27, 2013

Source: The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  February 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Time constraints and other priorities may mean that hospital doctors do not always assess people for their risk of venous thromboembolic events or prescribe preventive measures. Attaching a simple prompting checklist to patients’ drug charts can increase risk assessment and preventive measures.

Length of publication:  4 pages

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Reducing prescribing errors

May 28, 2012

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type:  Evidence scan/review

In a nutshell:  Prescribing accounts for a large proportion of medication errors. This review examined strategies to reduce prescribing errors.

Length of publication:  36 pages


Assessing the contribution of prescribing in primary care by nurses.

February 8, 2012

Source:  BMC Health Services Research, Vol 11 page 330  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-330

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Date of publication: December 2011

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article looks at the importance of providing medicines in a safety and timely way in the primary care settings.  It highlights the need for the ability to prescribe to made available to non medical professionals as a way of doing this.

Length of publication:  34 pages

Acknowledgements:  National Electronic Library for Medicine

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Safety when giving insulin in hospital

November 28, 2010

Source:  Nursing Times  Vol 106  Iss 39 p12-13

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Date of publication:  October 2010

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article outlines the Rapid Response Report published by the National Patient Safety Agency in June 2010, looking at the risks involved with administering insulin and how these can be minimised.

Length of publication:  2 pages

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Acknowledgement:  CINAHL