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Junior doctors’ communication with hospital pharmacists about prescribing
  1. Michael Wilcock1,
  2. Joanna Lawrence2,
  3. Julie Blundell3
  1. 1 Pharmacy Department, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, UK
  2. 2 Practice Pharmacist, Carnon Downs Surgery, Truro, UK
  3. 3 Haematology Department, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, Cornwall, UK
  1. Correspondence to Michael Wilcock, Pharmacy Department, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, TR1 3LJ, UK; mike.wilcock{at}

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At about the same time Axon et al were undertaking their study,1 we too (in August 2013) investigated clinical pharmacists’ and FY1 doctors’ approaches to, and beliefs about, prescribing practice and patient safety.2 At our 650-bed district general hospital where an electronic prescribing and administration system had recently been introduced, we conducted a focus group with 12 Foundation Year One (FY1) doctors. We sought to explore FY1 doctors’ beliefs and expectations of developing a safe prescribing practice prior to commencing their first job, and how prepared they are following their undergraduate medical training.

The questions and prompts we used to elicit responses were somewhat different to those used by Axon et …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.