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The impact on practice of a change to prescribing assessment

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian Lunn


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As a consequence of the observed ‘bad practice’ by students and the potential risk associated with such behaviour, a change was made to how such assessments were marked. This led to an immediate improvement in prescribing behaviour. Subsequent changes to prescribing assessment have targeted risk areas in prescribing, such as dose calculation, modification of variable dose medications and correctly prescribing medication for patients admitted from the community as an emergency. This will be discussed in light of data showing change in behaviour and in the context of national prescribing assessment. Issues with classical measures of reliability and how this impacts on regulator acceptance will also be discussed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lunn B

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Annual European Conference on Assessment in Medical Education

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 40-40

Acceptance date: 01/04/2017

Publisher: European Board of Medical Assessors