Perspectives on educating pharmacy students about the science of safety

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Abstract

Objective. To identify opinions about pharmacy graduates' science of safety (SoS) educational needs. Methods. Semi-structured interviews were performed with 25 educators and researchers at US pharmacy colleges and schools and 5 individuals from associations engaged in drug safety-related issues. Results. Themes that emerged from the 30 interviews with key informants included: pharmacists should meet minimum SoS requirements; medication safety education is inconsistent; and barriers exist to improving SoS curricula. Student deficiencies noted included the lack of: student acceptance of a "culture of safety": ability to effectively communicate verbally about medication safety; knowledge of the drug development process; and quality improvement skills. Key informants did not agree on how to address these gaps. Conclusions. While educators, researchers, and other leaders in drug safety-related issues thought that US colleges and schools of pharmacy covered portions of SoS well, there were perceived deficiencies. Minimum standards should be set to assist with curricular adoption of SoS.

DOI

10.5688/ajpe757142

Publication Date

1-1-2011

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