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Am J Pharm Educ. 2010 Dec 15;74(10):187.

An innovative elective course in anticoagulation management.

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Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop and implement an elective pharmacy course in anticoagulation management and assess student learning.

DESIGN:

Students participated in active-learning activities including evaluating a patient receiving outpatient or inpatient anticoagulation therapy, participating in a team project and presentation, and completing a "living with anticoagulation" assignment that included modeling both the health care provider's and the patient's role.

ASSESSMENT:

A precourse and postcourse standardized examination on anticoagulation along with a short answer midterm and final examination were administered. Performance between precourse and postcourse examination improved by approximately 25%, and 90% of students scored ≥ 90% on the final examination. Reflective narratives provided support that students found the "living with anticoagulation" assignment a valuable learning experience which developed empathy towards patients.

CONCLUSION:

An elective course in anticoagulation management that included multiple active-learning assignments was successful in increasing both students' knowledge and empathy.

KEYWORDS:

active learning; anticoagulation; patient modeling; patient simulation

PMID:
21436928
PMCID:
PMC3058466
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