Pharmacy students’ inter-professional perceptions towards the pharmacy profession in Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia

Mohammad Nurul Amin, Long Chiau Ming, Chin Fen Neoh, Firas Afiqah Nor Azizi, Abdul Haseeb, Mohammed Abdul Hameed, Learn Han Lee, Goh Bey Hing, Rahul P. Patel, Tahir Mehmood Khan

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    Abstract

    Objectives: Inter-professional education that simulates real clinical practice serves as a catalyst that allows pharmacy students to learn both soft skills and new knowledge that could facilitate their transition into becoming a pharmacist. This study aimed to investigate the inter-professional perception of pharmacy students from Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia towards the pharmacy profession. Methods: A 26-item questionnaire, adapted and modified from The Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) was used in this multi-centre cross-sectional survey. Results: There was a total of 909 respondents across the three countries. There were 494 students (54.3%) from Bangladesh, 275 students (30.3%) from Malaysia and 140 students (15.4%) from Saudi Arabia. Overall, male respondents were found to have higher scores than female students in all the factor-based classification of students’ interprofessional skills. Third year students had better perceptions about Factor 1: professional competence and autonomy (29.52 ± 3.06), followed by first year, fourth year, second year and then fifth year students. In terms of perceived need for professional cooperation (Factor 2), significant differences were noted based on gender (p=0.008) and academic level (year) of students (p≤0.001). Similarly, in relation to the perception of actual cooperation/resource sharing within and across profession (Factor 3), significant differences were noted both in gender (p=0.019) and academic year levels (p=0.003). At the same time, training in hospital or community pharmacy within the last six months was found to significantly affect students’ understanding of value and contributions of other professionals (Factor 4) (p=0.006). However, no significant difference was noted in students that had attended pharmacy training sessions, seminars or conferences in the past six months. Conclusions: Pharmacy students from Bangladesh, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have almost similar inter-professional knowledge. The motivation for entering the pharmacy profession and practice exposure were found to significantly affect pharmacy students’ inter-professional perceptions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-48
    Number of pages9
    JournalPharmacy Education
    Volume19
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2019

    Keywords

    • Collaboration
    • Cross-disciplinary communications
    • Inter-professional perceptions
    • Inter-professional relations
    • Interdisciplinary communication

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