Training is not adequate enough to prevent mistakes being made when prescribing medicine for children, researchers suggest.
A review of techniques used to reduce errors has found that prescribing for children poses particular problems due to the lack of formulations designed specifically for this market.
Children are also particularly vulnerable to the consequences of prescribing mistakes.
The research found that training in how to reduce errors when prescribing children's medicine was brief with little practical instruction.
The study authors add that there is currently no validated method of assessment for prescribing, and no national standards on how to teach professionals how to prescribe for children.
They suggest that it is important to discover which methods best reduce errors, and if any are effective.
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