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Table 1 Potential learning outcomes as assessed through the Delphi process

From: Identifying outcome-based indicators and developing a curriculum for a continuing medical education programme on rational prescribing using a modified Delphi process

Potential outcomes for Rational Prescribing (round 1) Agreement* (n = 21) Agreement* (n = 20)
Upon completion of the course, a doctor will be able to write a prescription that includes or considers: Round 1 Round 2
1. Date of the prescription 21 20
2. Name and age of the patient 21 20
3. Name and identification number of Iranian Medical Council of the prescriber** 21 20
4. Main complaint of the patient 11 16
5. Legible hand writing 20 20
6. Generic name of the drugs 16 18
7. Administration form of drugs 20 20
8. Strength of the drugs and dose frequency 20 20
9. Adequate duration of treatment 16 20
10. Latin abbreviation of terminology in drug use order 12 17
11. Appropriate number of drugs 16 20
12. To consider homogeneity of prescription per individual (all drugs prescribed pertain to the same individual) 18 19
13. Not prescribing drugs with the same pharmacological effect 14 19
14. Not prescribing drugs which have negative interactions with each other 17 19
15. Appropriate number and amount of antibiotics 19 20
16. Appropriate number of injections 17 20
Suggested potential outcomes (added in round 2)
1. Contact telephone number of the prescriber   17
2. Refill information   18
3. Initial diagnosis   15
4. Time and manner of drug use   17
5. Necessary precautions   16
6. Necessary notifications about signals to continue or stop drug use   13
7. Notification about side effects of drugs in the prescription   6
8. Name of the foods which have negative interactions on drug efficacy and the treatment process   8
9. Appropriate no. of NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) drugs   20
10. Appropriate number of vitamins   19
  1. * Sum of the number of respondents who answered "partly agree" and "totally agree".
  2. ** Compulsory in Iran