The impact on clinical practice of a postgraduate clinical pharmacy programme, incorporating competency-based performance evaluation

Judith Burrows, Carl Michael James Kirkpatrick, Ian Coombes, Lynda Cardiff, Elaine Lum

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Background: A goal of the postgraduate clinical pharmacy programme (PGCPP) at the University of Queensland is to enhance clinical practice. Aims: To evaluate student perceptions of the impact of the PGCPP on practice and the inclusion of a competency-based performance evaluation as a formative component of the curriculum. Method: In 2010, students completed a questionnaire to evaluate the impact of the PGCPP. In 2011, formative competencybased performance evaluations were conducted as a component of the course and the questionnaire was repeated. Responses, competency ratings and evaluation feedback were collated. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. Results: 51/57 (89 ) of students completed the questionnaire in 2010 and 2011. Over 90 of students agreed or strongly agreed that the PGCPP enhanced practice, knowledge, confidence and contribution to patient care. Responses were similarly positive after the inclusion of the performance evaluation. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that the PGCPP is achieving the goal of enhancing the practice of pharmacists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177 - 182
Number of pages6
JournalPharmacy Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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