Pharmaceutical Care: a teaching experience
Keywords:Pharmaceutical care, teaching, pharmacy education, pharmacy curriculum
Pharmaceutical care is regarded as the primary mission of pharmacy practice. To ensure this can be fulfilled, students need clinical knowledge and skills. The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, includes a course entitled “Pharmaceutical Care”, in the curriculum’s fifth year. This work aims to describe the structure, organization and functioning and present the results of a survey on student’s interest, satisfaction and perception of utility of the course.
Theoretical classes concern pharmaceutical care services. Laboratory classes include case studies and visits to real practice environments. Teaching methods: in-class lectures, brainstorming, clinical case solving and role-plays. Evaluation: clinical cases solving and a final written exam. Course contents, bibliography and internet links were available through UP e-learning platform, also used to encourage discussion on course topics. On-line forums attained high participation. Students regarded the course as very useful for future practice and the majority considered teaching and evaluation methods as adequate.
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