Medication prescribing is a complex process. Ongoing problems with inappropriate prescriptions, medication errors and non-adherence are cause for reflection as to the competencies needed for safe and appropriate medication prescribing. The Prescribing Safely Canada (PSC) project was launched to establish Canadian prescribing competencies and integrate them into self-assessment modules for practicing physicians. Having a standard set of prescribing competencies can help identify gaps in prescribing knowledge, skills and behaviour and inform improvement efforts.
The Prescribing Safely Canada (PSC) - Physician Prescribing Competencies consist of competencies and subcompetencies that are linked to CanMEDS roles.
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Medication safety is a priority focus area in the patient safety field worldwide.
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Finding a treatment solution for Mr. Swanson's persistent infections goes beyond the usual prescription pattern. Make wise antimicrobial therapy choices as you guide him through his illness.
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