Pharmacology and therapeutics education in the European Union needs harmonization and modernization: a cross-sectional survey among 185 medical schools in 27 countries.

Brinkman, D J, Tichelaar, J, Okorie, M, Bissell, L, Christiaens, T, Likic, R, Mačìulaitis, R, Costa, J, Sanz, E J, Tamba, B I, Maxwell, S R and Richir, M C (2017) Pharmacology and therapeutics education in the European Union needs harmonization and modernization: a cross-sectional survey among 185 medical schools in 27 countries. Clinical Pharmacololgy and Therapeutics, 102 (5). pp. 815-822. ISSN 0009-9236

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Abstract

Effective teaching in pharmacology and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics(CPT)is necessary to make medical students competent prescribers. However,the current structure, delivery, and assessment of CPT education in the European Union(EU)is unknown. We sent an online questionnaire to teachers with overall responsibility for CPT education in EU medical schools. Questions focused on undergraduate teaching and assessment of CPT,and students’ preparedness for prescribing. In all,185 medicalschools(64%)from 27 EU countries responded. Traditional learning methods were mainly used. The majority of respondents did not provide students with the opportunity to practice real-life prescribing and believed that their students were not well prepared for prescribing. There is a marked difference in the quality and quantity of CPT education within and between EU countries, suggesting that there is considerable scope for improvement. A collaborative approach should be adopted to harmonize and modernize the undergraduate CPT education across the EU.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Prescribing; Undergraduate Medical Education; Medical Students
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0031 Internal medicine. Practice of medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM0138 Drug prescribing
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM0139 Prescription writing
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM0146 Misuse of therapeutic drugs. Medication errors
Depositing User: Michael Okorie
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 12:50
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 12:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72520

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