Teaching Prescribing: a New Approach. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 007 (1988)
(1988; 1 page)

Since the 1985 WHO Conference on the Rational Use of Drugs, there have been calls for greater support for the doctor’s role as a counselor and prescriber of medicine. Evidence shows that doctors prescribe drugs irrationally in part because of their education and training. Groningen University in the Netherlands has established a new programme to teach rational prescribing habits to medical students. This new programme is based on the belief that teaching must be consistent and continuous. The programme is designed so that students will continue to use the same teaching materials they have used since their undergraduate years. The programme teaches students a logical approach to problem solving in diagnosis and treatment and to instinctively use rational prescribing habits in their future careers. The goal of the programme is to train future doctors to rationally prescribe drugs that are efficacious, cost-effective, and safe and to provide patients with the appropriate drug information. Students will have the opportunity to work with doctors to learn from experience. The programme began in 1986 and will be opened to discussion with other universities at a workshop planned by the WHO Action Programme on Essential Drugs in 1989. The workshop will provide medical schools that have taken similar initiatives to share their experiences. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

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