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Pharmacy 2017, 5(1), 9; doi:10.3390/pharmacy5010009

Perceived Preparedness of Health Care Students for Providing Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management

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College of Pharmacy, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar
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Weill Cornell Medicine—Qatar, Qatar Foundation, P.O. Box 24144, Doha, Qatar
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University of Calgary Qatar, P.O. Box 23133, Doha, Qatar
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Academic Editor: Jeffrey Atkinson
Received: 29 October 2016 / Revised: 19 January 2017 / Accepted: 9 February 2017 / Published: 21 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Competence Training for Pharmacy)
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Early assessment and management of risk factors is known to have significant impact in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its associated burden. Cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management (CVDRAM) is best approached by teamwork across health care professionals. This study aimed at assessing health care students’ (HCSs) knowledge about the parameters needed for estimating CVD risk, their self-assessed preparedness/confidence and perceived barriers for the provision of CVDRAM services through a survey administered to third and fourth year pharmacy, medical, and nursing students in Qatar. Although all student cohorts achieved similar knowledge scores, less than half (n = 38, 47%) were able to identify all of the six main risk factors necessary to estimate absolute CVD risk, and a third (32%) were unable to identify total cholesterol as an independent risk factor necessary to estimate CVD risk. Training on the use of CVD risk assessment tools differed among the three student cohorts. All student cohorts also perceived similar levels of preparedness in CVDRAM. However, pharmacy students reported the highest preparedness/confidence with the use of the latest CVDRAM guidelines. The majority of statements listed under the barriers scale were perceived by the students as being moderate (median score = 3). Poor public acceptance or unawareness of importance of estimating CVD risk was the only barrier perceived as a major by nursing students. Future integration of interprofessional educational (IPE) activities in the CVDRAM curricula of HCSs may be a suitable strategy to minimize barriers and foster collaborative practice for the provision of CVDRAM services in Qatar. View Full-Text
Keywords: cardiovascular disease; risk assessment; pharmacy; medical; nursing; students; education; interprofessional cardiovascular disease; risk assessment; pharmacy; medical; nursing; students; education; interprofessional
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Zolezzi, M.; Abdallah, O.; Aden, S.; Major, S.; White, D.; El-Awaisi, A. Perceived Preparedness of Health Care Students for Providing Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management. Pharmacy 2017, 5, 9.

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