Pharmacy students’ perceptions of the impact of mental disorders on pharmacy education in Nigeria

Authors

  • Ogechukwu Nnanyelugo Isiogugu University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4285-9860
  • Chibueze Anosike University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria
  • Chibueze Raymond Okoye University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria
  • Ijeoma Joy Mmirikwe Solina Center for International Development and Research (SCIDaR), Abuja, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.323330

Keywords:

Mental disorders, Nigeria, Perception, Pharmacy education, Pharmacy student

Abstract

Background: In Nigeria, the extent to which pharmacy students perceive that mental illness can impair their academic performance, be a reason for the dismissal or rejection of a pharmacy school applicant is unknown.   

Aim: To examine pharmacy undergraduate students’ perceptions of the impact of mental illnesses on pharmacy education in Nigeria. 

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among pharmacy students from six Nigerian universities. The data were collected using a modified self-administered paper-based Mental Illness Performance Scale. Descriptive statistics, Student t-test, and One-way analysis of variance were used for the data analysis.   

Results: The study received responses from 496 pharmacy students, yielding a 93.2% response rate. A vast majority of the students agreed or strongly agreed that depression (98.7%), anxiety (98.4%), and substance abuse (83.9%) affect pharmacy students' academic performance. Fewer students agreed or strongly agreed that depression (31.4%) and anxiety disorder (37.9%) would be grounds for expulsion from pharmacy school. Substance abuse (62.5%) and schizophrenia (58.1%) were supported as reasons for rejecting an applicant into the pharmacy programme.   

Conclusion: The findings suggest that pharmacy students perceive that having a mental disorder would negatively affect pharmacy education in Nigeria.

Author Biographies

Ogechukwu Nnanyelugo Isiogugu, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Chibueze Anosike, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria

Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Management & Pharmacoeconomics and Mental Health Research Group

Chibueze Raymond Okoye, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria

Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Management & Pharmacoeconomics and Mental Health Research Group

Ijeoma Joy Mmirikwe, Solina Center for International Development and Research (SCIDaR), Abuja, Nigeria

   

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2022-05-28

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Isiogugu, O. N., Anosike, C., Okoye, C. R., & Mmirikwe, I. J. (2022). Pharmacy students’ perceptions of the impact of mental disorders on pharmacy education in Nigeria. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 323–330. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.323330

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