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The Effect of an Interactive Tutorial on the Prescribing Performance of Senior Medical Students

Anne L Tonkin, David Taverner, Jenny Latte, Christopher Doecke
2006 Medical Education Online  
The effect of an interactive tutorial on the prescribing performance of senior medical students Medical Education Online, 2006; 11(9):1-6 ©Authors Tonkin AL, Taverner D, Latte J, Doecke C. The effect of an interactive tutorial on the prescribing performance of senior medical students. Abstract Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of small group tutorials in teaching senior medical students the requirements of prescription writing. Design: Random allocation to interactive tutorial or
more » ... tutorial or didactic lecture with blinded evaluation. Subjects: All 1999 6 th year medical students, the University of Adelaide. Results: The Tutorial Attenders (mean 13.3, SD 2.6) performed significantly better than the Lecture Group (mean12.2, SD 3.0) p=0.041 and the Non-attenders (mean10.7, SD 3.1) p=<0.001. The 13 individual OSCE items formed four logical subgroups, and the Tutorial Attenders performed significantly better in Prescription Writing in all comparisons. Conclusion: A single, one-hour interactive tutorial is likely to be the minimum amount of intervention that will be effective in improving prescribing skills. Key Learning Points Prescription writing is a key skill that almost every doctor will use -numerous times a day. The learning of Clinical Pharmacology is a continuum that begins at the undergraduate level and continues throughout a doctor's postgraduate career. A single, one-hour interactive tutorial is likely to be the minimum amount of intervention that will be effective in improving prescribing skills.
doi:10.3402/meo.v11i.4588 pmid:28253774 fatcat:qckq6kk5hzck5ixydeoknfmqje