The Australian National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC), developed by NPS MedicineWise, has been ranked highest in a new study of online clinical pharmacology curricula published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
The NPC is a series of case-based modules for medical, pharmacy, dental and nurse practitioner students which mirror the decision-making process outlined in the World Health Organization Guide to Good Prescribing.
NPS MedicineWise CEO Adj A/Prof Steve Morris says among the 8 eligible resources evaluated in the new study, the NPC was ranked highest for usability, quality and suitability.
“Online learning is an important component of student learning, educating the prescribers of tomorrow. This study recognises the value of the NPC in supporting online clinical pharmacology learning in Australia,” says Adj A/Prof Morris.
“This endorsement supports our own survey of Australian students undertaken earlier this year, which showed that 96% of students would recommend the NPC modules to their peers,” he says.
The modules can be accessed in a self-paced mode that promotes active learning and gives flexibility to the learning experience.
All 24 modules are free of charge and are currently used in most Australian medical schools and several pharmacy, dental and nurse practitioner schools.