Evaluation of a web-based curriculum resource “DocCom” by pharmacy students’ self-assessment


  • Shunsuke Kurono Meijo University, Nagoya
  • Manako Hanya Meijo University, Nagoya
  • Hiroyuki Kamei Meijo University, Nagoya
  • Yoichi Hasegawa Meijo University, Nagoya


DocCom, Communication Learning Tool, Pharmacy Students, Self-Assessment


Background: DocCom is a communication learning tool that was developed for medical students and residents.

Aim: The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of DocCom, which can be applied to practical training for pharmacy students.

Methods: A questionnaire was given to 493 pharmacy students that asked questions about their interest and level of ease in DocCom exercise, as well as whether they successfully learned about the communication skills presented.

Results: A total of 79.3% of students responded in the questionnaire that the exercise using DocCom was interesting. A significant difference was observed in the communication skill score between students who performed this exercise before and after role-play with a simulated patient (SP).

Conclusion: The present study shows that pharmacy students self-assessed this class as being an effective tool for obtaining knowledge about and learning approaches for communication. 

Author Biographies

Shunsuke Kurono, Meijo University, Nagoya

Faculty of Pharmacy 

Manako Hanya, Meijo University, Nagoya

Faculty of Pharmacy

Hiroyuki Kamei, Meijo University, Nagoya

Faculty of Pharmacy

Yoichi Hasegawa, Meijo University, Nagoya

Faculty of Pharmacy


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How to Cite

Kurono, S., Hanya, M., Kamei, H., & Hasegawa, Y. (2015). Evaluation of a web-based curriculum resource “DocCom” by pharmacy students’ self-assessment. Pharmacy Education, 15. Retrieved from https://pharmacyeducation.fip.org/pharmacyeducation/article/view/347



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