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20th Annual Meeting of the German Drug Utilisation Research Group (GAA)

Gesellschaft für Arzneimittelanwendungsforschung und Arzneimittelepidemiologie

05.12. - 06.12.2013, Düsseldorf

A Web-based Survey of German Students in Medicine and Pharmacy in Issues of Safety of Drug Therapy

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  • author presenting/speaker Zeycan Albay - Institut für Allgemeinmedizin, Goethe Univ. Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
  • corresponding author Martin Beyer - Institut für Allgemeinmedizin, Goethe Univ. Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

Gesellschaft für Arzneimittelanwendungsforschung und Arzneimittelepidemiologie e.V. (GAA). 20. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Arzneimittelanwendungsforschung und Arzneimittelepidemiologie. Düsseldorf, 05.-06.12.2013. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2013. Doc13gaa03

doi: 10.3205/13gaa03, urn:nbn:de:0183-13gaa033

Published: November 25, 2013

© 2013 Albay et al.
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Background: The safety in drug utilisation / pharmacotherapy (Arzneimitteltherapiesicherheit – AMTS) is increasingly recognised as an integral part of any effort to patient safety. Within the German national strategy (Aktionsplan AMTS), a nation-wide survey was performed, to determine the knowledge and skills of medical / pharmaceutical last-year students in issues of AMTS.

Materials and Methods: The survey was web-based to approach students at all 36 faculties in Germany. The survey contained questions about essentials of pharmacology related to safe pharmacotherapy, concepts of patient safety and AMTS, and case medication reports (particularly in polypharmacy) to determine certain skills.

Results: More than 1,500 questionnaires were reported up to 15.09.2013. The data analysis will be reported to the congress, a prior analysis was already performed 12.06.2013.

Conclusion: In both disciplines, medicine and pharmacy, AMTS is not a clear defined target. Preliminary findings show that students in pharmacy are slightly more familiar with pharmaceutical aspects of the problem, whereas medical students are facing the practical challenges of (poly-) pharmacy. The knowledge and skills in both faculties should be increased.

Authors for the investigation group: Ulrich Jaehde, Hanna Seidling, Farid Aly, Andrea Liekweg, Oliver Schwalbe, Rebekka Lenssen, Katharina Franzen, Monika Sennekamp