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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Jun 18;76(5):80. doi: 10.5688/ajpe76580.

Interprofessional education in introductory pharmacy practice experiences at US colleges and schools of pharmacy.

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Union University School of Pharmacy, Jackson, TN 38305, USA. kjones@uu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the extent to which US colleges and schools of pharmacy are incorporating interprofessional education into their introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs), and to identify barriers to implementation; characterize the format, structure, and assessment; and identify factors associated with incorporating interprofessional education in IPPEs.

METHODS:

An electronic survey of 116 US colleges and schools of pharmacy was conducted from March 2011 through May 2011.

RESULTS:

Interprofessional education is a stated curricular goal in 78% of colleges and schools and consistently occurred in IPPEs in 55%. Most colleges and schools that included interprofessional education in IPPEs (70%) used subjective measures to assess competencies, while 17.5% used standardized outcomes assessment instruments. Barriers cited by respondents from colleges and schools that had not implemented interprofessional education in IPPEs included a lack of access to sufficient healthcare facilities with interprofessional education opportunities (57%) and a lack of required personnel resources (52%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Many US colleges and schools of pharmacy have incorporated interprofessional education into their IPPEs, but there is a need for further expansion of interprofessional education and better assessment related to achievement of interprofessional education competencies in IPPEs.

KEYWORDS:

experiential education; interdisciplinary education; interprofessional education; introductory pharmacy practice experiences

PMID:
22761521
PMCID:
PMC3386031
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe76580
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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