The competent prescriber: 12 core competencies for safe prescribing

Lum, Elaine, Mitchell, Charles and Coombes, Ian (2013) The competent prescriber: 12 core competencies for safe prescribing. Australian Prescriber, 36 1: 13-16.

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Author Lum, Elaine
Mitchell, Charles
Coombes, Ian
Title The competent prescriber: 12 core competencies for safe prescribing
Journal name Australian Prescriber   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-8008
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 13
End page 16
Total pages 4
Place of publication Deakin, Australia
Publisher National Prescribing Service
Collection year 2014
Formatted abstract
Prescribing errors remain a significant cause of patient harm. Safe prescribing is not just about writing a prescription, but involves many cognitive and decision-making steps.

A set of national prescribing competencies for all prescribers (including non-medical) is needed to guide education and training curricula, assessment and credentialing of individual practitioners.

We have identified 12 core competencies for safe prescribing which embody the four stages of the prescribing process – information gathering, clinical decision making, communication, and monitoring and review.

These core competencies, along with their learning objectives and assessment methods, provide a useful starting point for teaching safe and effective prescribing.
Keyword Prescribing
Quality use of medicines
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