■ The healthcare system:

Building safer systems to enhance clinical care delivery

Exploring medication risks

Published: August 2021

Type of activity: Group activity

Activity summary

These 2 group activities help learners understand systemic medication risks and how these risks can be mitigated.

Activity description

Activity 1

Ask learners to form small groups and to make arrangements to interview a community-based pharmacist. The interview questions should focus on common prescription problems that could lead to a patient safety incident (accident in Québec).

As a follow-up activity, ask each learner to write a 1-page narrative about what they learned and steps they can take to ensure safer prescribing. The narratives may later be shared with their small groups.

Activity 2

Ask learners to form small groups and present them with the following scenario:

You are in charge of implementing a system for medication reconciliation for one of the following groups:

  • Admitted patients
  • Transferred patients within the hospital
  • Discharged patients

In your small group, identify and discuss how you would develop and implement the system. Include the important components of such a system as well as implementation considerations.

As a follow-up activity, ask each small group to present their recommendations to the rest of the large group.

Additional resources

CanMEDS: Collaborator, Leader, Scholar, Communicator, Professional

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