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Am J Pharm Educ. 2011 Oct 10;75(8):163. doi: 10.5688/ajpe758163.

Faculty perceptions of the Educating Pharmacy Students to Improve Quality (EPIQ) program.

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  • 1The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, USA. warholak@pharmacy.arizona.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate users' initial perceptions of and potential applications for the Educating Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists to Improve Quality (EPIQ) program, a 5-module education program designed to educate pharmacists and pharmacy students about quality improvement in pharmacy practice.

METHODS:

The 5-module EPIQ program was distributed to pharmacy faculty members, pharmacy practitioners, and other health professionals across the country upon request. A 6-item survey instrument was sent to the first 97 people who requested the program.

RESULTS:

Twenty-seven (56%) of the 55 respondents had reviewed the EPIQ program and 22 (82%) intended to use some or all of the content to teach about quality improvement or patient safety primarily in pharmacy management and medication safety courses.

CONCLUSION:

Initial perceptions of the EPIQ program were positive; however, further evaluation is needed after more extensive implementation of the program in pharmacy colleges and schools and other settings.

KEYWORDS:

education; medication safety; pharmacy curriculum; qualitative research; science of safety

PMID:
22102753
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PMCID:
PMC3220344
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