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Comparing Student Drug Information Skills Before and After Clinical Rotations

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine students’ perceptions (before rotations and after rotations) of drug information skills, efficacy of course activities in preparing them for rotations, and any differences in a drug information skills course taught face-to-face versus at a distance.

Methods: A two-page survey was developed and administered to both the third year pharmacy students taught at a distance and the fourth-year pharmacy students taught through traditional methods.

Results: Results showed that the two most important class activities in preparing students for rotations were the Micromedex® and Medline® exercises. Students from both groups felt most confident using Micromedex® and the Drug Information Handbook. Both groups felt least confident using the USP-Dispensing Information. Fourth year students showed a higher level of confidence and rated their drug information skills higher than third year students. The highest level of additional training was requested by third year students in database searches. A majority from both groups felt remediation of skills was needed before or during rotations and were seeking help from rotation faculty to improve skills. There were no significant differences based on site location or instructional method.

Implications: This exploratory study will help course instructors identify and develop drug information techniques and activities to best prepare students to search for drug information during clinical rotations and while working in the pharmacy profession.
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Gutierres, Sheryl., Davison, Machelle. and Hagemann, Tracy. "Comparing Student Drug Information Skills Before and After Clinical Rotations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA, Jul 05, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p119122_index.html>

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Gutierres, S. L., Davison, M. A. and Hagemann, T. M. , 2006-07-05 "Comparing Student Drug Information Skills Before and After Clinical Rotations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p119122_index.html

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Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine students’ perceptions (before rotations and after rotations) of drug information skills, efficacy of course activities in preparing them for rotations, and any differences in a drug information skills course taught face-to-face versus at a distance.

Methods: A two-page survey was developed and administered to both the third year pharmacy students taught at a distance and the fourth-year pharmacy students taught through traditional methods.

Results: Results showed that the two most important class activities in preparing students for rotations were the Micromedex® and Medline® exercises. Students from both groups felt most confident using Micromedex® and the Drug Information Handbook. Both groups felt least confident using the USP-Dispensing Information. Fourth year students showed a higher level of confidence and rated their drug information skills higher than third year students. The highest level of additional training was requested by third year students in database searches. A majority from both groups felt remediation of skills was needed before or during rotations and were seeking help from rotation faculty to improve skills. There were no significant differences based on site location or instructional method.

Implications: This exploratory study will help course instructors identify and develop drug information techniques and activities to best prepare students to search for drug information during clinical rotations and while working in the pharmacy profession.

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