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Measuring the Development of Therapeutic-Decision-Making Skills by Practicing Pharmacists Undertaking a University-Based Postgraduate Clinical Qualification at Distance

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School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, 9054 Dunedin, New Zealand
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Education Unit, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, 9054 Dunedin, New Zealand
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Pharmacy 2020, 8(2), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8020083
Received: 14 April 2020 / Revised: 8 May 2020 / Accepted: 9 May 2020 / Published: 11 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Continuing Professional Development in Pharmacy)
(1) Background: The processes and skills required to make decisions about drug therapy have been termed “therapeutic decision-making” in pharmacy practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate a tool constructed to measure the development of therapeutic-decision-making skills by practicing pharmacists undertaking a university-based continuing professional development program. (2) Methods: A pre- and post-intervention crossover study design was used to investigate the qualitative and quantitative features of practicing pharmacists’ responses to two clinical vignettes designed to measure the development of therapeutic-decision-making skills. The vignettes were assigned a score using a five-point scale and compared pre- and post-intervention. (3) Results: There was a median increase in score of 2 units on the five-point scale in the post-intervention scores compared to pre-intervention (p < 0.0001). (4) Conclusions: The results were interpreted to suggest that the participants’ responses to the vignettes are a reasonable measure of student learning. Therefore, we infer that the teaching and learning intervention successfully enabled the development of therapeutic-decision-making skills by practicing pharmacists. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacy education; continuing professional development; therapeutic decision-making pharmacy education; continuing professional development; therapeutic decision-making
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Wright, D.F.B.; Duffull, S.B.; Wilby, K.J.; Peterson, A.K.; Anakin, M.G. Measuring the Development of Therapeutic-Decision-Making Skills by Practicing Pharmacists Undertaking a University-Based Postgraduate Clinical Qualification at Distance. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 83.

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