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Am J Pharm Educ. 2013 May 13;77(4):82. doi: 10.5688/ajpe77482.

Using grey literature to prepare pharmacy students for an evolving healthcare delivery system.

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School of Pharmacy, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC 29325, USA. lehappe@presby.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the impact of using "grey literature" (information internally produced in print or electronic format by agencies such as hospitals, government, businesses, etc) rather than a textbook in a course on healthcare delivery systems on students' perception of the relevance of healthcare delivery system topics and their ability to identify credible sources of this information.

DESIGN:

A reading from the grey literature was identified and assigned to the students for each topic in the course.

ASSESSMENT:

Pre- and post-course survey instruments were used for the assessment. Students reported healthcare delivery systems topics to be moderately relevant to the profession of pharmacy on both the pre- and post-course survey instruments. Students' knowledge of current and credible sources of information on healthcare delivery system topics significantly improved based on self-reports and scores on objective assessments (p<0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Assignment of grey literature in a course on healthcare delivery systems can be used to ensure that information in the pharmacy school curriculum is the most current and credible information available.

KEYWORDS:

grey literature; healthcare delivery system; healthcare reform

PMID:
23716750
PMCID:
PMC3663636
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe77482
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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