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Pharmacy 2016, 4(1), 8; doi:10.3390/pharmacy4010008

How Do European Pharmacy Students Rank Competences 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, 54600 Villers, 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, 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, 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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Faculty of Pharmacy, European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Université de Lille 2, Lille 59000, France
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Utrecht University, PO Box 80082, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands
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School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, B47ET, UK
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Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels, Belgium
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European Pharmacy Students’ Association (EPSA), Rue de Luxembourg 19/6, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Yvonne Perrie
Received: 14 September 2015 / Revised: 13 January 2016 / Accepted: 15 January 2016 / Published: 26 January 2016
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Abstract

European students (n = 370), academics (n = 241) and community pharmacists (n = 258) ranked 13 clusters of 68 personal and patient care competences for pharmacy practice. The results show that ranking profiles for all three groups as a rule were similar. This was especially true of the comparison between students and community pharmacists concerning patient care competences suggesting that students have a good idea of their future profession. A comparison of first and fifth (final) year students shows more awareness of patient care competences in the final year students. Differences do exist, however, between students and community pharmacists. Students—like academics—ranked competences concerned with industrial pharmacy and the quality aspects of preparing drugs, as well as scientific fundamentals of pharmacy practice, well above the rankings of community pharmacists. There were no substantial differences amongst rankings of students from different countries although some countries have more “medicinal” courses than others. This is to our knowledge the first paper to look at how, within a healthcare sectoral profession such as pharmacy, the views on the relative importance of different competences for practice of those educating the future professionals and their students, are compared to the views of working professionals. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacy; education; competences; framework; student; practice pharmacy; education; competences; framework; student; practice
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Atkinson, J.; De Paepe, K.; Sánchez Pozo, A.; Rekkas, D.; Volmer, D.; Hirvonen, J.; Bozic, B.; Skowron, A.; Mircioiu, C.; Marcincal, A.; Koster, A.; Wilson, K.; van Schravendijk, C.; Hočevar, S. How Do European Pharmacy Students Rank Competences for Practice? Pharmacy 2016, 4, 8.

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