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Seminar by Professor Karen Mattick (University of Exeter) 'Educational interventions to improve junior doctor prescribing'

Prescribing medications is one of the most daunting responsibilities that a newly qualified doctor will take on. In this presentation, I will provide an overview of some of our research in this area, using prescribing as an example of a ‘high stakes’ decision that is made in the context of complex and fast-moving workplace environment. Research into prescribing is much needed. Prescribing errors are common, affecting 7% medication orders, 2% patient days and 50% hospital admissions. Most prescribing errors are associated with antibiotics, where there are additional layers of uncertainty, and long term as well as short term consequences of poor prescribing practice. It is clear that strategies that aim to improve knowledge and technical skills are insufficient. We need to educate doctors to work in an environment where their knowledge and skills may be negated by the numerous complex and overwhelming pressures at play can influence their prescribing behaviour, and where interventions that work in one context may not be successful in another.

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Karen Mattick is Professor of Medical Education and Co-Lead for the Centre for Research in Professional Learning at the University of Exeter. She has over fourteen years’ experience as a medical education researcher and educator and is passionate about supporting early career professionals in their transition into work.  She has published over 50 peer-reviewed research papers in medical education and clinical science, and is Associate Editor for The Clinical Teacher journal. Her academic practice has been recognized in the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2012 and a National Teaching Fellowship in 2005. Prior to joining the medical education field, Karen worked for the NHS as a Clinical Scientist, involved in service delivery and research


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