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Pharmacy 2014, 2(3), 248-259; doi:10.3390/pharmacy2030248

Evaluation of the Impact of a Physical Assessment Course on the Practice of Institutional Pharmacists

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Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 3-171, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta, 11405-87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada
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Alberta Health Services, 8440 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7, Canada
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Received: 26 June 2014 / Revised: 28 August 2014 / Accepted: 9 September 2014 / Published: 16 September 2014
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Abstract

We aimed to assess the impact of a professional development course on clinical pharmacists’ level of confidence using physical assessment (PA) and whether it resulted in changes to their clinical practice. Workshop participants were asked to complete a pre-workshop survey, as well as three post-workshop surveys, to assess the pharmacists’ level of confidence in PA. Pharmacists were also asked about their integration of PA skills and use of Additional Prescribing Authority (APA). Pharmacists’ confidence in performing PA, discussing PA findings, and using PA to manage drug therapy were significantly higher at all time-points post workshop. Pharmacists with APA also indicated increased confidence with prescribing. Professional development in physical assessment may provide opportunities for pharmacists to integrate new knowledge and skills within their practice. Future research should examine if such educational opportunities will support sustainable practice change. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical assessment; physical examination; pharmacist; pharmacy practice; continuing education; professional practice development; experiential learning physical assessment; physical examination; pharmacist; pharmacy practice; continuing education; professional practice development; experiential learning
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Breault, R.R.; Korn, D.E.; George-Phillips, K.L. Evaluation of the Impact of a Physical Assessment Course on the Practice of Institutional Pharmacists. Pharmacy 2014, 2, 248-259.

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