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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Jun 18;76(5):88. doi: 10.5688/ajpe76588.

Journal clubs during advanced pharmacy practice experiences to teach literature-evaluation skills.

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  • 1Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA. sarif@midwestern.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine pharmacy students' attitudes and academic performance related to journal club during 2 advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs).

DESIGN:

Fourth-year pharmacy students were required to complete 3 journal club assignments during drug information and internal medicine APPEs.

ASSESSMENT:

A majority (91.3%) of the 105 students who responded to a 21-item survey instrument indicated that journal club assignments during the drug-information APPE were valuable to their understanding of research design and statistics. Students who completed the drug-information APPE before the internal medicine APPE scored higher on their understanding of the strengths and weaknesses and the clinical relevance of studies and had a higher learning slope (p = 0.01) than did students who completed the internal medicine APPE first.

CONCLUSION:

Incorporating journal clubs into APPEs is an effective means of teaching literature-evaluation skills to pharmacy students.

KEYWORDS:

advanced pharmacy practice experiences; drug information; journal club; literature evaluation

PMID:
22761529
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PMCID:
PMC3386039
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