Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics education for internal medicine registrars in Europe
Period: 2017 - 2021
During daily practice, European internists face many diseases, which originates from different organs (e.g. heart, lungs, intestines). Additionally, internal medicine patients are often complex and use multiple drugs. Besides adequate knowledge about diagnostics, an internist should have knowledge about clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. However, we hypothesize that internal medicine registrars are not sufficiently trained in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and thus lack competencies to prescribe safely and effectively. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate the clinical pharmacology and therapeutics education during the internal medicine traineeship in the Netherlands and Europe. Furthermore, we investigate whether knowledge and skills among internal medicine trainees in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics is correlated with the occurrence of prescribing errors and their attitudes (self-reported confidence, preparedness, and opinions).