Supporting the prescribing of junior doctors: a 360° approach

Anne Hesketh, Fiona Anderson, Fiona Drimmie, Lorna Scahill, Peter Davey

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    Abstract

    In 2007 a newspaper1 proclaimed that ‘Junior doctors “risk lives with prescriptions”?‘. Clearly, concerns about the prescribing of junior doctors are no longer restricted to professional reports or journals.2,3 These and our own concerns were the trigger for our project.

    Safe prescribing requires both technical (e.g. in the choice of drug) and non-technical (e.g. communication and anticipating risk) skills. Any instrument looking at prescribing performance must address both aspects. The 360° approach is regularly used to assess both the generic and clinical skills of doctors,4,5 through gathering feedback from colleagues. We considered that a 360° approach could be useful for supporting junior doctors. The aim was to develop a tool that could identify specific prescribing shortcomings in performance and allow appropriate targeted support.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)195-200
    Number of pages6
    JournalClinical Teacher
    Volume6
    Issue number3
    Early online date19 Aug 2009
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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