Teacher’s Guide to Good Prescribing
(2001; 106 pages) [Portuguese]

As a contribution to problem-based pharmacotherapy teaching, in 1994 WHO published the Guide to Good Prescribing. Widely acclaimed as an innovative and practical tool for use in undergraduate medical teaching, the manual has been adopted as a standard text in universities throughout the world. It has also been adapted for training primary health care paramedical prescribers in some countries. The Teacher’s Guide to Good Prescribing is a companion volume for those who wish to use this problem-based method. The Teacher’s Guide is in three parts. The first and most extensive part explains the educational approach underlying the Guide to Good Prescribing and how to use this in pharmacotherapy training. Topics covered include the importance of setting learning objectives, constructing good patient examples and equipping students with skills to critically review medical literature. Part 2 advises on student, teacher and course assessment, and on measuring the impact of training. The emphasis is on how to ensure that both the student assessment methods and the teaching method focus on transfer of practical prescribing skills, rather than on knowledge of drugs alone. The final section looks at ways to mobilize support for problem-based pharmacotherapy teaching, and presents a strategy for sensitizing colleagues and others to the benefits of the method. The text is supplemented throughout by examples of patient cases and innovative teaching ideas from developed and developing countries. The Teacher’s Guide to Good Prescribing has been developed by an international group of health professionals and academics, working with the WHO Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy.
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