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Evaluation of a web-based curriculum resource “DocCom” by pharmacy students’ self-assessment

Shunsuke Kurono, Manako Hanya, Hiroyuki Kamei, Yoichi Hasegawa

Abstract

Background: DocCom is a communication learning tool that was developed for medical students and residents.

Aim: The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of DocCom, which can be applied to practical training for pharmacy students.

Methods: A questionnaire was given to 493 pharmacy students that asked questions about their interest and level of ease in DocCom exercise, as well as whether they successfully learned about the communication skills presented.

Results: A total of 79.3% of students responded in the questionnaire that the exercise using DocCom was interesting. A significant difference was observed in the communication skill score between students who performed this exercise before and after role-play with a simulated patient (SP).

Conclusion: The present study shows that pharmacy students self-assessed this class as being an effective tool for obtaining knowledge about and learning approaches for communication. 


Keywords

DocCom, Communication Learning Tool, Pharmacy Students, Self-Assessment


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