This tutorial formed a component of the Safe Medication Practice Tutorial Program developed by Dr Ian Coombes as a component of his PhD thesis.
Session Objectives.
At the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Understand importance of consultation skills
  • Improve their communication skills
  • Be able to determine what patients actually take prior to admission
  • Consider about common ‘error traps’ in history taking
  • Interpret the limitations of different information sources
  • Make an initial assessment of compliance
  • Consider how ‘medicines/lack of’ cause admission – reconciliation

Two hour tutorial
A video for use in tutorial which combines both an example of a quick and poorly perfromed patient consultation about their medicnes taken prior to admission and a more thorough and clinically productive consultation is availble on request from Ian coombes.