Evaluating the Impact of Education via Pamphlet on the Medication Errors of Last year Medical Students

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate professor of vascular surgery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Infection control & hand hygine research center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

3 General physician, Vascular & endovascular surgery research center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran


Medication errors are considered as the most common medical errors. Some of these errors are related to the mistake in dosage prescription and number and duration of drug usage. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the educational intervention-pamphlets of common medication on the accuracy of medical intern students in prescription.
Materials and Methods
In this interventional study, 94 interns from pediatrics, surgery, and internal sections entered to the study and were randomly divided in to two groups; without pamphlet (control group) and with pamphlet (case group). The test was obtained using the questionnaire before and after the intervention. The accuracy of prescription was determined by paired t test, before and after the test and by independent t test between the groups.
Educational intervention as pamphlet had positive effects in all studied sections of internal, surgery and pediatrics. The final mean scores of interns after the intervention in groups of without and with pamphlets were 37.64±15.21 Vs 50.52±15.80 (P=0.018), 69.37±9.46 Vs 85±8.66 (P<0.001) and 34.61±12.15 Vs 35.83±7.63 (P=0.76) in internal, pediatric and surgery sections, respectively.
Use of the educational pamphlets have effective role in accuracy of interns prescription.