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Am J Pharm Educ. 2013 Oct 14;77(8):172. doi: 10.5688/ajpe778172.

A virtual patient software program to improve pharmacy student learning in a comprehensive disease management course.

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Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To implement and assess the impact of a virtual patient pilot program on pharmacy students' clinical competence skills.

DESIGN:

Pharmacy students completed interactive software-based patient case scenarios embedded with drug-therapy problems as part of a course requirement at the end of their third year.

ASSESSMENT:

Assessments included drug-therapy problem competency achievement, performance on a pretest and posttest, and pilot evaluation survey instrument. Significant improvements in students' posttest scores demonstrated advancement of clinical skills involving drug-therapy problem solving. Students agreed that completing the pilot program improved their chronic disease management skills and the program summarized the course series well.

CONCLUSION:

Using virtual patient technology allowed for assessment of student competencies and improved learning outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

clinical skills; learning outcomes; simulation; virtual patient

PMID:
24159213
PMCID:
PMC3806956
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe778172
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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