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Table 2 Changes in confidence in writing prescriptions for common conditions

From: A pilot study of a pharmacist-led prescribing program for final-year medical students

  Percentage rating as fully confident/confident in most cases (n)1
  Selecting medicines Writing prescriptions Monitoring for efficacy
Pre Post2 Pre Post2 Pre Post2
Night time sedation 13% (2) 69% (11) 13% (2) 81% (13) 19% (3) 88% (14)
Anticoagulation3 19% (3) 100% (16) 13% (2) 100% (16) 38% (6) 94% (15)
Managing diabetes 13% (2) 81% (13) 6% (1) 75% (12) 38% (6) 100% (16)
Pain management3 19% (3) 94% (15) 19% (3) 88% (14) 38% (6) 94% (15)
Managing constipation 31% (5) 75% (12) 13% (2) 94% (15) 50% (8) 100% (16)
Managing hypertension 13% (2) 75% (12) 6% (1) 88% (14) 50% (8) 94% (15)
Managing asthma 38% (6) 81% (13) 13% (2) 81% (13) 38% (6) 88% (14)
Managing nausea and vomiting3 25% (4) 88% (14) 13% (2) 81% (13) 44% (7) 88% (14)
  1. 1. Students rating as either ‘Confident in most cases but would like more experience’ or ‘Fully confident in most cases’
  2. 2. All results p < 0.05 based on permutation test across the four rating categories compared to baseline
  3. 3. Topics that were the focus of the prescribing program