Comparing the experiences of community and hospital pharmacy learners completing a pre-registrant research training program

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Background and purpose: Research training programs in the community pharmacy sector have not been well established. This study showcases a year-long guided research training program undertaken in hospital and community workplaces by pre-registrant pharmacists, and compares the perceived impact on learners in both sectors. 

Educational activity and setting: A two-year cohort study (2021−2022) of pre-registrant pharmacists enrolled in a research training program requiring them to undertake an individual project at their workplace over one year at either a community or hospital workplace. Outcome measures were pre-registrant perceptions of training impact and type of projects completed. Findings: The results of this study demonstrate that the year-long guided research training program delivered to 403 pre-registrant pharmacists was perceived to be impactful to both community and hospital pre-registrant pharmacists and gave them the confidence to pursue further research and see research skills as an important attribute for the profession. Barriers to research included lack of time for both sectors but workplace support and lack of project ideas were especially noted in the community sector. Research project designs were mainly cross-sectional surveys or retrospective audits. Programs seeking to adopt a similar model may wish to pay particular attention to supporting community pharmacy learners in providing a pre-selection of project ideas, offering training to workplace supervisors, ensuring enough academic support is given and having more check-in points/deliverables to ensure more feedback opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102100
Number of pages9
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Apr 2024


  • Community pharmacy
  • Early career
  • Pre-registrant
  • Research integration
  • Workplace learning

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