Effects of a training program on the practices of hospital pharmacy residents in the field of prescription analysis


  • C. Planus Department of Pharmacy, Croix Rousse Teaching Hospital, Lyon, France
  • B. Charpiat Department of Pharmacy, Centre Hospitalier- Universitaire de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  • N. Calop Department of Pharmacy, Centre Hospitalier- Universitaire de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  • B. Allenet Department of Pharmacy, Centre Hospitalier- Universitaire de Grenoble, Grenoble, France and Laboratoire ThEMAS TIMC UMR CNRS 5225, Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France


Resident, training program, impact, evaluation, performance


The objective of the research was to evaluate the impact of a training program on pharmacy residents’ performance in the field of prescription analysis. A before-and-after study was conducted. The criteria for assessing the level of performance were the type and frequency of interventions. Before the training program, 279 pharmaceutical opinions were given (6.3% of 4458 prescriptions) versus 330 (12.1% of 2731 prescription) after the training program. Findings showed a significant improvement after the training in the fields of non-conformity to guidelines or contra-indication (0.3 vs. 0.9%), untreated indication (0.02 vs. 1.2%), overdosage (2.1 vs. 3.9%), drug interaction (2.2 vs. 3%) improper administration (1.1 vs. 2.1%) and failure to receive drug (0.07 vs. 0.5%). Insufficient analysis persisted for parenteral nutrition, drug interactions and physicochemical incompatibilities. Behaviour may have been a factor in this failure, as residents did not systematically refer to documentary tools. Methods to assess behaviour would be useful as a future research project.


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