Inter-professional prescribing masterclass for medical students and non-medical prescribing students (nurses and pharmacists): a pilot study

R Paterson, A Rolfe, A Coll, M Kinnear

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Background and aims: Prescribing errors cause significant patient morbidity and mortality. Current legislation allows prescribing by different health professions. Inter-professional collaboration and learning may result in safer prescribing practice. This study aimed to develop, pilot and test the feasibility of a simulated inter-professional prescribing masterclass for non-medical prescribing students, medical students and pharmacists.
Methods and results: A three-scenario, simulated patient session was designed and implemented by an expert panel. Medical students, non-medical prescribing students and pharmacists worked together to formulate and implement evidence-based prescriptions. The Readiness for Inter-professional Learning Score (RIPLS) and a self-efficacy score were administered to the students and the Trust in Physician Score to the simulated patients. Overall, the RIPLS and self-efficacy scores increased. Pharmacists showed the highest rating in the Trust in Physician score. Post masterclass group discussions suggested that the intervention was viewed as a positive educational experience.
Conclusion: An inter-professional prescribing masterclass is feasible and acceptable to students. It increases self-efficacy, readiness for inter-professional learning and allows students to learn from, about and with each other. A larger study is warranted and the use of feedback from simulated patients explored further.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-207
Number of pages6
JournalScottish Medical Journal
Issue number4
Early online date23 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2015


  • prescribing safety
  • simulation
  • team working
  • feasibility
  • medical students
  • inter-professional
  • trainees
  • allied health professionals
  • nurses
  • pharmacists

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