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Pharmacy 2017, 5(4), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy5040067

Pharmacy Students’ Knowledge and Attitude toward Registration Trials and Clinical Research: A Survey in a Japanese University Hospital

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Clinical Trial Center for Developmental Therapeutics, Tokushima University Hospital, Tokushima 770-8503, Japan
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Division of Pharmacy, Tokushima University Hospital, Tokushima 770-8503, Japan
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Received: 11 October 2017 / Revised: 6 December 2017 / Accepted: 6 December 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
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Abstract

Clinical research plays a fundamental role in establishing new treatments. Clinical research coordinators are considered essential in clinical research, and medical professionals such as pharmacists often take on this role. Pharmacy students can be considered future candidates for this task. We used questionnaires to survey the knowledge of and attitudes toward registration trials and clinical research of pharmacy students at Tokushima University Hospital. All pharmacy students (103) to whom questionnaires were sent responded. Almost all respondents were aware of registration trials and clinical research. More than 90% were aware of the existence of clinical research coordinators, and about half (48.6%) understood their role. In clinical research terminology, most respondents were aware of informed consent and related issues, but fewer than 20% were aware of more practical things. In total, 29.1% and 40.8% of the respondents were willing to carry out and coordinate research. These findings suggest that pharmacy students have basic knowledge of clinical research and that many students are willing to carry out and coordinate clinical research. More practical exposure to clinical research may help to strengthen their future contribution. Further studies may help to determine how to provide education on registration trials and clinical research to pharmacy students. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacy students; clinical research coordinators; clinical research; attitude; Japan pharmacy students; clinical research coordinators; clinical research; attitude; Japan
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Ise, N.; Takechi, K.; Miyamoto, T.; Ishizawa, K.; Yanagawa, H. Pharmacy Students’ Knowledge and Attitude toward Registration Trials and Clinical Research: A Survey in a Japanese University Hospital. Pharmacy 2017, 5, 67.

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