Improved awareness of national genomic initiatives is needed to facilitate genomic education and training in Wales for pharmacists
Keywords:Education, Genomic, Genomic literacy, Pharmacist, Training
Background: Wales has placed itself at the centre of the genomics revolution with the ambitious aim of improving patient outcomes and encouraging new discoveries. Whilst pharmacists play a key role in precision medicine; linking patients and their medication, there is a paucity of research pertaining to their genomic literacy and educational training needs.
Objectives: This study sought to explore Welsh pharmacists' genomic awareness, knowledge, and educational needs.
Methods: To gauge awareness, an online questionnaire was developed and disseminated.
Results: Over 88% of respondents (n = 94) reported no awareness of key genomic initiatives and services. Furthermore, 27.7% of respondents believe genomics is not relevant to their profession. This in turn has a detrimental impact on their perceptions of genomic educational and training needs.
Conclusion: The authors conclude that there is a disconnect between national policy rhetoric and the reality of pharmacists, highlighting the need for greater engagement with the healthcare workforce if Wales is to become a key player in genomic medicine.
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