Are dentists competent prescribers? A cross-sectional study
Period: October 2016 - May 2017
Dentists are allowed to prescribe drugs within their area of specialty, for example analgesics and antibiotics. In order to prescribe safely and effectively, dentists should have sufficient prescribing competencies (i.e. knowledge, skills and attitudes). Insufficient competencies may lead to prescribing errors, resulting in patient harm and avoidable healthcare costs. Studies suggest that dental students lack prescribing skills and that dentists do not follow treatment guidelines properly. However, there are no large studies in the Netherlands investigating whether (future) dentists have acquired the necessary prescribing competencies. Therefore, the aim of this study was to gain insight into the level of prescribing competencies of dental students and dentists in The Netherlands. Read the study protocol for more information (see below). Results can be used to improve the prescribing education during the under- and postgraduate dentistry study programmes.