The spiritual aspect of patient care in the curricula of colleges of pharmacy

Julie Bates Cooper, Tina Penick Brock, Timothy J. Ives

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Objectives: The objective of this project was to determine the extent to which the spiritual aspect of patient care is addressed in pharmacy curricula.
Methods: Curriculum committee chairs and student leaders at all schools of pharmacy in the United States and Canada (n=94) were surveyed via mailed questionnaire.
Results: Usable responses were received from 71.3% of the curriculum committee chairs and 57.4% of student leaders. Although only 21.4% of respondents indicated that their curriculum includes in-struction on the spiritual aspect of patient care, 62.9% of chairs feel that this is appropriate content and 90.7% of student leaders believe that spirituality can impact health.
Conclusions: In training the next generation of patient-centered pharmacy practitioners, consideration of all aspects of human behavior, including spirituality, is important.
Original languageEnglish
Article number44
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Curricula
  • Human behavior
  • Pharmacy
  • Spirituality

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