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Attitudes towards using smart devices and medical applications among pharmacy students, preceptors and faculty members in Jordan

Zeinab Al Subeh, Feras Alali, Ahmed Awaisu

Abstract

Objective: To determine the utilisation, purposes, barriers and attitudes towards the use of smart devices and medical applications among pharmacy students, preceptors, and faculty members at Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was conducted at Jordan University of Science and Technology using a 28- item questionnaire.

Results: A total of 618 students (25%), 24 preceptors (100%), and 28 faculty members (50%) completed the survey. The vast majority of the respondents (98%) were using smart devices, however, only 69% were medical applications users. Using medical applications for academic purposes was more significant among students (p=0.013), while the usage in direct patient care was more significant among preceptors (p<0.001). The respondents generally indicated positive attitudes towards the use of medical applications, despite some barriers reported.

Conclusion: Pharmacy students, preceptors, and faculty members generally recognise the value of medical applications in pharmacy education and practice. Educational and healthcare institutions should facilitate the use of these tools, which can promote evidence-based practice. 


Keywords

Medical Applications, Pharmacy Education, Pharmacy Practice, Smart Device


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