VOSPER, H. and HIGNETT, S., 2017. Factors influencing the development of effective error management competencies in undergraduate UK pharmacy students. Presented at Ergonomics & Human Factors 2017, Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, 25-27 April.
Patient safety (PS) is a key healthcare goal, yet health professionals struggle to acquire appropriate expertise, including Human Factors/Ergonomics skills, reflected in undergraduate curricula content. More than 50% of adverse events are medicines-related, yet focus on pharmacists as experts in medicines is scant. This pilot investigation used focus groups and interviews to explore undergraduate PS teaching in purposively-selected UK pharmacy schools. Results revealed barriers to PS teaching including risk-averse pharmacist ‘personality’ and Educational Standards negatively influencing students’ error-management behaviours.