In collaboration with the EACPT, RECIPE has published the first study of essential competencies in prescribing among European medical students. In this international multicenter study, the researchers evaluated the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (CPT) of 895 ﬁnal-year medical students across Europe. In a cross-sectional design, 26 medical schools from 17 European countries were asked to administer a standardized assessment and questionnaire to 50 ﬁnal-year students. Although there were differences between schools, results showed an overall lack of essential prescribing competencies among ﬁnal-year students in Europe. Students had a poor knowledge of drug interactions and contraindications, and chose inappropriate therapies for common diseases or made prescribing errors.
These important findings results suggest that undergraduate teaching in CPT is inadequate in many European schools, leading to incompetent prescribers and potentially unsafe patient care. The manuscript can be accessed here.