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Evaluation of Foundation Year 1 doctors’ views on the Dose Reference CARD at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Evaluation of Foundation Year 1 doctors’ views on the Dose Reference CARD at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London

Elina Larsson

30 credits

Bryony Dean Franklin, Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and UCL School of Pharmacy

Margareta Hammarlund, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University

Introduction: Foundation Year 1 (FY1) doctors at hospitals within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT) reported feeling anxious and under-prepared for prescribing. In 2011, a focus group with 12 FY1s was conducted to explore these issues, followed by a questionnaire distributed to 270 FY1s within the North West Thames Foundation School. Based on the findings, the Dose Reference CARD (Dr-CARD) was designed. The card was distributed to 82 FY1s at ICHNT in autumn 2012 and this credit-card sized laminated card provided them with easily accessible information about commonly used medicines.

Aim: To evaluate FY1’s views on the Dr-CARD and to make suggestions for any changes required to improve the Dr-CARD for next year.

Materials and Methods: To evaluate the Dr-CARD a 2-sided anonymous paper questionnaire was constructed. The questionnaire was distributed to 76 FY1s at ICHNT, approximately 6-8 weeks after the Dr-CARD was distributed.

Results: Responses were received from 43 (57%) of 76 FY1s. Thirty (70%) respondents still used the Dr-CARD and 23 (53%) used it at least weekly. The individual drugs’ dosing guidelines had been used by 30 (70%) respondents. Twenty-seven (63%) respondents would also like a smartphone ‘app’ in addition to the plastic card. Nearly all respondents (38, 88%) believed the Dr-CARD should be produced next year. Suggestions including construction of a smartphone app and a more robust plastic card have been made to improve the Dr-CARD for next year.

Conclusions: A simple intervention like the Dr-CARD was appreciated and used by the FY1s when prescribing. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 76 p.
Keyword [sv]
Förskrivningsfel, unga läkare, London, sjukhus, doskort, förskrivning, NHS, junior doctor, FY1
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Pharmaceutical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-192974OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-192974DiVA: diva2:601500
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Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London
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Pharmaceutical Biosciences
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy
Uppsok
Medicine
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Available from: 2013-06-03 Created: 2013-01-28 Last updated: 2013-06-03Bibliographically approved

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