Quality use of medicines: for health professional students

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In this course, students will learn about the principles of the quality use of medicines (QUM) and the roles different health professionals play in promoting QUM. This course contains three modules:

  1. Understanding the QUM
  2. Giorgio's case
  3. Judy's case

Understanding the QUM

Most of us use medicines - prescription and non-prescription - on a regular basis, and are aware of their benefits. However, medicines can interact negatively and may have side effects, which can result in poor health outcomes. Therefore, all health professionals have a role to play in monitoring patients to ensure that their medicine usage is judicious, appropriate, safe and effective. This module contains a presentation on the Quality Use of Medicines, and a short quiz to check for learning.

Learning objectives

Participation in this activity will assist you to:

  • understand the principles of QUM
  • know the benefits and risks associated with medicines
  • be aware of the National Medicines Policy and the principles that underpin it
  • be aware of the Therapeutic Goods Administration's role in QUM
  • be aware of the role of health professionals in promoting the QUM.

Giorgio's case

This module examines the use of medicines in the complex case of Giorgio Mattiou. Giorgio has a number of health problems, which have recently been compounded by a hospital admission for a moderate stroke.

Learning objectives

Participation in this activity will assist you to:

  • be aware of ways to optimise the use of medicines with respect to suitable dosage, timing and delivery of drugs
  • have an understanding of the role the health professional team has in supporting the QUM
  • be aware of possible alternatives to the use of medicines for symptom management
  • be able to implement strategies that promote QUM such as patient education and accurate diagnosis of conditions.

Judy's case

Judy Brown is a 42-year-old woman who has recently been seen by a rheumatologist at the local hospital following an exacerbation of her rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The rheumatologist has made a referral for Judy to have follow up at the local community hospital outreach clinic.

Learning objectives

Participation in this activity will assist you to:

  • be aware of ways to optimise the use of medicines with respect to suitable dosage, timing and delivery of drugs
  • have an understanding of the role the health professional team has in supporting the QUM
  • be aware of possible alternatives to the use of medicines for symptom management
  • be able to implement strategies that promote QUM such as patient education and accurate diagnosis of conditions.
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