Pharmacy student knowledge and communication of medication errors
Originally published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, v.74 no.4 (2010), article no.60. DOI:10.5688/aj740460
Objectives. To describe and evaluate pharmacy students' knowledge of and comfort in communicating, managing, and preventing medication errors. Methods. Using a cross-sectional design, a survey instrument was administered to fifth-year pharmacy students. The survey instrument included both open-and close-ended questions to describe and examine factors associated with knowledge and comfort in communication of medication errors.Results. Survey instruments were completed by 93 students (90% response rate). Nearly 80% reported not having received training in communicating medication errors. The perception of having more adequate training was related to greater knowledge in the communication of medication errors (p <= 0.001). Knowledge was also associated with students having greater comfort in communicating medication errors (p <= 0.05).Conclusions. The need and value of additional training for pharmacy students in communicating medication errors was demonstrated. Educational interventions should be developed to provide consistent instruction on these communication issues.
Nathaniel M. Rickles, Carey M. Noland, Anthony Tramontozzi, and Michele A. Vinci. "Pharmacy student knowledge and communication of medication errors" Bouvé Faculty Publications (2010).
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