Assessment of preceptors and skills acquisition by clinical pharmacy c
Sewunet Admasu Belachew, Tadesse Melaku Abegaz, Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula, Henok Getachew, Yonas Getaya Tefera
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia
Goal: Investigate the overall experiences of clinical pharmacy students during their
attachments and understand the breadth and depth of clinical skills provided by their preceptors.
Methods : A cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire containing 34 items
for feedback from externship students from June to July 2015. Data analysis was performed
to calculate the mean, standard deviation, percentages, and multiple logistic regression using
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) Software Version 22. Statistical significance
was set at PResults: The 58 clerkship students actively participated in the study, resulting in a response rate of
of 100%. While students rated their clerkship experience as average, over 15% noticed that
they did not have sufficient opportunity to refine their pharmaceutical care documentation
skills. A relatively high percentage of students (32.8%) strongly agreed that their preceptors had
gave ample opportunity to discuss patient issues at bedside and encouraged them
express their opinions on patients’ drug therapy problems. This study also revealed
that the continuity of the students in the development of their therapeutic knowledge and disease processes was
significantly associated with the preceptor’s ability to provide adequate training and orientation
(P = 0.01), engagement in clinical pharmacy activities (P = 0.01), regular review of student work
(P = 0.01), and instruction to students before entering clinical sites (P = 0.00).
Conclusion: The results of this study reveal that a majority of students were moderately
satisfied with the clinical training program and preceptors must demonstrate effective pharmaceutical care processes at their clinical sites.
Key words: pharmaceutical care, training, clinical skills
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