Interprofessional education in pharmacotherapy
Nowadays prescribing is done by different disciplines, not only by doctors but also by dentists, physician assistants, obstetricians, advanced nurse practitioners or even pharmacists. Even though many disciplines work on the same task, rational prescribing is complicated and many errors are still being made. This is especially worrying since the population is aging, the use of prescription drugs is increasing and the number of patients with polypharmacy is rising. These factors together make medication management increasingly difficult and warrant a better approach. A solution to achieve optimization of medication management might be interprofessional collaboration. However, this is not yet fully integrated in usual care and has many barriers. This is not surprising since healthcare professionals have been trained in mono-professional curricula. To achieve optimal interprofessional collaboration in the future, students need to be educated in an interprofessional setting, especially in the field of complex pharmacotherapy.
Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to evaluate the effect of interprofessional education in pharmacotherapy, to identify which interventions are most effective in increasing interprofessional and pharmacotherapy competencies and to find out how to overcome the existing logistical barriers.