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Am J Pharm Educ. 2017 Aug;81(6):110. doi: 10.5688/ajpe816110.

Improving Pharmacy Student Communication Outcomes Using Standardized Patients.

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1
Wingate University School of Pharmacy, Wingate, North Carolina.
2
Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Huntington, West Virginia.

Abstract

Objective. To examine whether standardized patient encounters led to an improvement in a student pharmacist-patient communication assessment compared to traditional active-learning activities within a classroom setting. Methods. A quasi-experimental study was conducted with second-year pharmacy students in a drug information and communication skills course. Student patient communication skills were assessed using high-stakes communication assessment. Results. Two hundred and twenty students' data were included. Students were significantly more likely to have higher scores on the communication assessment when they had higher undergraduate GPAs, were female, and taught using standardized patients. Similarly, students were significantly more likely to pass the assessment on the first attempt when they were female and when they were taught using standardized patients. Conclusion. Incorporating standardized patients within a communication course resulted in improved scores as well as first-time pass rates on a communication assessment than when using different methods of active learning.

KEYWORDS:

active learning; communication; flipped classroom; standardized patients

PMID:
28970611
PMCID:
PMC5607720
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe816110
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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