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Preventing medication errors in the community: Making a difference

  • Released: 10/2012
  • Reviewed: 04/2020
  • Study time: 2h:0m

In this 30-minute podcast, you will hear about the PINCER and PRACtICe studies from one of their principal investigators, Professor Tony Avery. He discusses the background to the studies, the key findings and recommendations, and how these are influencing the development of prescriber education and the role of community and practice pharmacists. To complete the picture in pharmacy practice, you will also hear from practice pharmacist, Andrew Riley about his role in the PINCER study, from Jane Lambe, a community pharmacist, talking about how pharmacists in each setting act to prevent prescribing errors getting through to patients. Duration: 30:43 mins.

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • discuss the background to the PINCER and PRACtICe studies
  • list the main results and recommendations of the PINCER and PRACtICe studies
  • identify three ways in which pharmacists can intervene or have intervened to prevent, limit or minimise the effects of prescribing errors
  • discuss with your colleagues how to produce better outcomes for your patients from the interventions you make.

How to use this programme

You can listen to this podcast online or download the audio file and listen to it later.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants