The impact on clinical practice of a Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Programme, incorporating competency-based performance evaluation

Judith Burrows, Carl Kirkpatrick, Ian Coombes, Lynda Cardiff, Elaine Lum


Background: A goal of the postgraduate clinical pharmacy programme (PGCPP) at the University of Queensland is to enhance clinical practice.

Aims: To evaluate student perceptions of the impact of the PGCPP on practice and the inclusion of a competency-based performance evaluation as a formative component of the curriculum.

Method: In 2010, students completed a questionnaire to evaluate the impact of the PGCPP. In 2011, formative competency- based performance evaluations were conducted as a component of the course and the questionnaire was repeated. Responses, competency ratings and evaluation feedback were collated. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics.

Results: 51/57 (89%) of students completed the questionnaire in 2010 and 2011. Over 90% of students agreed or strongly agreed that the PGCPP enhanced practice, knowledge, confidence and contribution to patient care. Responses were similarly positive after the inclusion of the performance evaluation.

Conclusion: This study demonstrated that the PGCPP is achieving the goal of enhancing the practice of pharmacists. 


Postgraduate, Performance, Development, Competence, Pharmacy

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