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Table 2 Rational prescribing outcomes and indicators for GP's CME programmes as agreed by an expert panel

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

Outcomes Assessment Indicator
Upon completion of the course, a participant should be able to:  
1. Write the date of the prescription 1. Date of the prescription
2. Write the name of the patient 2. Name of the patient
3. Write the age of the patient 3. Age of the patient
4. Write the name and identification number of the Iranian Medical Council for the prescriber 4. Name and identification number of Iranian Medical Council of the prescriber
5. Write the contact telephone number of prescriber 5. Contact telephone number of prescriber
6. Write refill information 6. Refill information
7. Write the prescription clearly 7. Legible hand writing
8. Write the generic name of the drugs 8. Generic names of drugs
9. Write the administration form of the drugs 9. Administration form of drugs
10. Write the strength of the drugs (dose and dose frequency) 10. Strength of the drugs
11. Write the duration of treatment 11. Treatment duration
12. Use the Latin abbreviation of terminology in drug use order 12. Use Latin abbreviation terminology
13. Write the time and manner of drug use 13. Time and manner of drug use
14. Write the necessary precautions 14. Necessary precautions
15. Prescribe the appropriate number of drugs 15. Appropriate number of drugs
16. Consider homogeneity of prescription per individual (all drugs prescribed pertain to the same individual) 16. Homogeneity of prescriptions
17. Avoid prescribing drugs with the same pharmacological effect 17. Number of drugs in the same pharmacological group
18. Avoid prescribing drugs which have negative interactions with each other 18. Number of interactive drugs per prescription
19. Prescribe the appropriate number and amount of antibiotics 19. Number and amount of antibiotics per prescription and proportion of antibiotics prescribed
20. Prescribe the appropriate number of injections 20. Number of injections per prescription and proportion of injections prescribed
21. Prescribe the appropriate number of Anti-Inflammatory Agents [Corticosteroids and Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)] 21. Appropriate number of Anti-Inflammatory Agents [Corticosteroids and Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)]