European List of Essential Medicines for Medical Education: A protocol for a modified Delphi study

Erik Donker*, David Brinkman, Milan Richir, Paraskevi Papaioannidou, Robert Likic, Emilio J. Sanz, Thierry Christiaens, João Costa, Fabrizio de Ponti, Milo Gatti, Ylva Böttiger, Cornelis Kramers, Sarah Garner, Rahul Pandit, Michiel van Agtmael, Jelle Tichelaar

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Abstract

Introduction Junior doctors are responsible for a substantial number of prescribing errors, and final-year medical students lack sufficient prescribing knowledge and skills just before they graduate. Various national and international projects have been initiated to reform the teaching of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (CPandT) during undergraduate medical training. However, there is as yet no list of commonly prescribed and available medicines that European doctors should be able to independently prescribe safely and effectively without direct supervision. Such a list could form the basis for a European Prescribing Exam and would harmonise European CPandT education. Therefore, the aim of this study is to reach consensus on a list of widely prescribed medicines, available in most European countries, that European junior doctors should be able to independently prescribe safely and effectively without direct supervision: The European List of Essential Medicines for Medical Education. Methods and analysis This modified Delphi study will recruit European CPandT teachers (expert group). Two Delphi rounds will be carried out to enable a list to be drawn up of medicines that are available in ?80% of European countries, which are considered standard prescribing practice, and which junior doctors should be able to prescribe safely and effectively without supervision. Ethics and dissemination The study has been approved by the Medical Ethics Review Committee of VU University Medical Center (no. 2020.335) and by the Ethical Review Board of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (approved project no. NVMO-ERB 2020.4.8). The European List of Essential Medicines for Medical Education will be presented at national and international conferences and will be submitted to international peer-reviewed journals. It will also be used to develop and implement the European Prescribing Exam.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere045635
JournalBMJ Open
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2021

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