Adverse reactions: Learning exercises

Last updated: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Adverse reactions quizzes


There is a quiz to help reinforce your learning about adverse reactions here. You can look things up if you need to. Please select 'practice' as your game mode then click Start Game. There is also a 'click and drag' quiz here.


Example clinical problems: Adverse reactions


To help you think about the process of problem-solving, we've provided three real clinical problems for you. Click on the link to download the Word document to write in, or you might just want to look at the scenarios and discuss them with your tutor or a colleague. For each situation, please consider:

  • What questions would you ask if you were presented with this scenario in your practice?
  • What sources of information would you use?

There's no need to research a full answer unless your tutor instructs you to, but you could make notes on these scenarios and record them as a CPD exercise if you wish. Once you've had thinking time, you can see some suggestions we've made in response to each scenario here.

Additional learning


NHS Education for Scotland and the Yellow Card Centre of Scotland have jointly produced a range of interactive e-learning modules on adverse drug reactions. There are six modules, all of which are very informative and your knowledege is tested as you go along. There is audio content, so you will need the sound turned up on your computer. If you are pushed for time then you might like to prioritise the following three modules: 1 (basic principles), 4 (diagnosis, interpretation and management) and 5 (avoiding adverse drug reactions).


Do an enquiry in a Medicines Information (MI) centre


Finally, if you have access to the MiCAL training package (subscription required) you may like to undertake question numbers 3 or 9 in its database of example MI enquiries, both of which involve patients with adverse drug reactions.