Pass the PSA - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702055188, 9780702055171

Pass the PSA

1st Edition

Authors: Will Brown Kevin Loudon James Fisher Laura Marsland
eBook ISBN: 9780702055171
eBook ISBN: 9780702057205
Paperback ISBN: 9780702055188
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 13th February 2014
Page Count: 310

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Drug prescribing is one of the most important parts of clinical practice. Yet it remains one of the most commonly failed components of undergraduate assessments, and accounts for an uncomfortably high proportion of medical errors. To remedy this, the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) exam has been introduced in the UK. It is compulsory and will set a minimum standard for safe prescribing. Failure will preclude GMC registration.

Pass the PSA is written specifically for the exam, with one chapter dedicated to each PSA section.

Key Features

  • Introduces a simple, memorable and failsafe approach to prescribing (the 'PReSCRIBER' mnemonic)
  • Specifies the universal basic principles of prescribing for all sections.
  • Examines each section’s question structure and how to approach it.
  • Questions (structured identically to the exam) conclude each chapter.
  • Covers all scenarios suggested for questioning in the PSA blueprint.
  • Common traps highlighted throughout.
  • Two mock exams.

Table of Contents

1 Basic principles of prescribing

2 Prescription review: a foolproof plan

3 Data interpretation

4 Planning management

5 Prescribing

6 Calculation skills

7 Drug monitoring

8 Adverse drug reactions

9 Communicating information

10 Mock examinations


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About the Author

Will Brown

Affiliations and Expertise

Academic Clinical Fellow Neurology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK

Kevin Loudon

Affiliations and Expertise

Renal Registrar, East of England and ST3 Renal Medicine, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, UK

James Fisher

Affiliations and Expertise

Core Psychiatry Trainee, Central & North West London NHS Trust, London, UK

Laura Marsland

Affiliations and Expertise

Previous Lead Pharmacist for Neuroscience, Stroke & Rehabilitation at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK