Educational methods to improve prescribing competency

An Australian team has reviewed the educational interventions used to improve competency in prescribing by both medical and non-medical prescribers and concluded that the World Health Organisation (WHO) ‘Guide to Good Prescribing‘ has the most evidence to support its use. It is a ‘promising model’ for the development of targeted prescribing programmes. They authors comment that, with only four studies looking at interventions aimed at non-medical prescribers, more work is needed in this area.

Kamarudin G et al. Educational interventions to improve prescribing competency: a systematic review. BMJ Open 2013;3:e003291.