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Pharmacy 2015, 3(3), 137-153; doi:10.3390/pharmacy3030137

Does the Subject Content of the Pharmacy Degree Course Influence the Community Pharmacist’s Views on Competencies for Practice?

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Pharmacology Department, Lorraine University, 5 rue Albert Lebrun, 54000 Nancy, France
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Pharmacolor Consultants Nancy, 12 rue de Versigny, Villers 54600, France
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Department of Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 103, Brussels 1090, Belgium
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Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Granada (UGR), Campus Universitario de la Cartuja s/n, Granada 18701, Spain
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School of Pharmacy, National and Kapodistrian University Athens, Panepistimiou 30, Athens 10679, Greece
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Pharmacy Faculty, University of Tartu, Nooruse 1, Tartu 50411, Estonia
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Pharmacy Faculty, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 4, P.O. Box 33-4, Helsinki 00014, Finland
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Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Askerceva cesta 7, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
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Pharmacy Faculty, Jagiellonian University, UL, Golebia 24, Krakow 31-007, Poland
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Pharmacy Faculty, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest, Dionisie Lupu 37, Bucharest 020021, Romania
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European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Université de Lille 2, Lille 59000, France
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European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Department Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University, PO Box 80082, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands
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School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
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Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels, Belgium
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Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), Rue du Luxembourg 19, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Reem Kayyali
Received: 16 July 2015 / Revised: 10 August 2015 / Accepted: 17 August 2015 / Published: 1 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Community Pharmacy)
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Abstract

Do community pharmacists coming from different educational backgrounds rank the importance of competences for practice differently—or is the way in which they see their profession more influenced by practice than university education? A survey was carried out on 68 competences for pharmacy practice in seven countries with different pharmacy education systems in terms of the relative importance of the subject areas chemical and medicinal sciences. Community pharmacists were asked to rank the competences in terms of relative importance for practice; competences were divided into personal and patient-care competences. The ranking was very similar in the seven countries suggesting that evaluation of competences for practice is based more on professional experience than on prior university education. There were some differences for instance in research-related competences and these may be influenced, by education. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacy; education; community; practice; competence pharmacy; education; community; practice; competence
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Atkinson, J.; De Paepe, K.; Pozo, A.S.; Rekkas, D.; Volmer, D.; Hirvonen, J.; Bozic, B.; Skowron, A.; Mircioiu, C.; Marcincal, A.; Koster, A.; Wilson, K.; van Schravendijk, C.; Wilkinson, J. Does the Subject Content of the Pharmacy Degree Course Influence the Community Pharmacist’s Views on Competencies for Practice? Pharmacy 2015, 3, 137-153.

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