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Pharmacy 2016, 4(1), 13; doi:10.3390/pharmacy4010013

A Study on How Industrial Pharmacists Rank Competences for Pharmacy Practice: A Case for Industrial Pharmacy Specialization

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Pharmacolor Consultants Nancy, 12 rue de Versigny, Villers 54600, France
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Pharmacy Faculty, 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 of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University, PO Box 80082, Utrecht 3508 TB, The Netherlands
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Applied Health Research Unit, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
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Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 103, Brussels 1090, Belgium
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Received: 25 November 2015 / Accepted: 22 January 2016 / Published: 6 February 2016
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Abstract

This paper looks at the way in which industrial pharmacists rank the fundamental competences for pharmacy practice. European industrial pharmacists (n = 135) ranked 68 competences for practice, arranged into 13 clusters of two types (personal and patient care). Results show that, compared to community pharmacists (n = 258), industrial pharmacists rank competences centering on research, development and production of drugs higher, and those centering on patient care lower. Competences centering on values, communication skills, etc. were ranked similarly by the two groups of pharmacists. These results are discussed in the light of the existence or not of an “industrial pharmacy” specialization. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; specialization; practice education; specialization; practice
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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. A Study on How Industrial Pharmacists Rank Competences for Pharmacy Practice: A Case for Industrial Pharmacy Specialization. Pharmacy 2016, 4, 13.

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