RESEARCH ARTICLE: Assessing the extent and need for disability inclusion in the pharmacy education curriculum in Nigeria

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2021.211.670673

Keywords:

Curriculum, Disability, Inclusion, Nigeria, Pharmacist, Pharmacy student

Abstract

Background: Disability is a prevalent problem in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. The impairment in physical abilities such as hearing, visual, etc. necessitates the need for a specialised approach in the treatment of persons with disabilities by healthcare professionals, including pharmacists. Pharmacists play a central role in the healthcare system among other health professionals because they are usually the first point-of-contact of patients and also play a key role in community surveillance.

Aim: In a bid to achieve disability inclusion in Nigeria, it is thus necessary to equip pharmacists with the necessary skills in the care of patients with disabilities, whether intellectual or physical. 

Method: In this paper, the minimum academic benchmark for awarding the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (which is the minimum degree that allows one to practice) is well-reviewed and analysed for the presence of any content related to persons with disabilities.

Conclusion: Preparing future pharmacists through the pharmacy education curriculum is a useful way to improve the attitude and skills of pharmacy students in the pharmaceutical care of patients with disabilities.

Author Biography

Oluwakorede Adedeji, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

   

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11/11/2021

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Research Article