Evaluation of a pharmacy emergency response conference workshop





Disaster workshop, Emergency preparedness, Pharmacy practice, Table-top exercise, Workforce development


Background: The importance of pharmacists' involvement in disasters is becoming increasingly recognised in the literature. The aim of this project was to determine the effectiveness of a disaster workshop in improving pharmacy staff’s perceived capabilities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.   

Methods: A disaster workshop was provided at a pharmacy conference. The workshop incorporated an evolving emergency scenario in which participants worked through activities pertaining to the prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery cycles. The attendees were invited to complete a previously validated pre-post survey assessing their perceptions of their skills and capabilities in the components of disaster management.

Results: The pre-post survey was completed by 31 attendees.  After the workshop, participants' perceptions of their ability to prevent, respond to, and recover from a disaster significantly improved (p=0.004, 0.013, and 0.013, respectively).    

Conclusion: This study demonstrated that a conference disaster workshop can improve the understanding and perceived disaster capabilities of health-system pharmacy personnel.


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How to Cite

McCourt, E., & Watson, K. (2023). Evaluation of a pharmacy emergency response conference workshop. Pharmacy Education, 23(1), p. 412–419. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2023.231.412419



Research Article