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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Oct 12;76(8):150. doi: 10.5688/ajpe768150.

Interprofessional workshop to improve mutual understanding between pharmacy and medical students.

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Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA. lvanw@midwestern.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To measure changes in pharmacy and medical students' physician-pharmacist collaboration scores resulting from a workshop designed to promote understanding of the others' roles in health care.

METHODS:

More than 88% of first-year pharmacy (n = 215) and medical (n = 205) students completed the Scale of Attitudes Toward Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration on 3 occasions in order to establish a baseline of median scores and to determine whether the scores were influenced by an interprofessional workshop.

RESULTS:

Participation in the interprofessional workshop increased pharmacy students' collaboration scores above baseline (p=0.02) and raised the scores of medical students on the education component of the collaboration survey instrument (p=0.015). The collaboration scores of pharmacy students greatly exceeded those of medical students (p<0.0001).

CONCLUSION:

A workshop designed to foster interprofessional understanding between pharmacy and medical students raised the physician-pharmacist collaboration scores of both. Crucial practical goals for the future include raising the collaboration scores of medical students to those of pharmacy students.

KEYWORDS:

attitudes; health profession students; interdisciplinary education; interprofessional education; medical students; pharmacy students

PMID:
23129849
PMCID:
PMC3475779
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe768150
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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