Evaluation of community pharmacy internship programme in the Philippines
Keywords:Community Pharmacy, Internship Programme, Learning Outcomes, Pharmacy Education
Background: The community pharmacy internship programme is an integral part of pharmacy education in the Philippines. Its evaluation is necessary to continuously develop a comprehensive programme based on the needs and changing role of the profession.
Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the community pharmacy internship programme among the Philippine Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (PACOP) accredited schools in Metro Manila, Philippines.
Method: The study utilised a cross-sectional, descriptive research design, using a self-administered questionnaire as the method of data collection. The data was analysed using the IBM Statistical Package for Social Sciences© Statistics version 21 software.
Results: The overall response rate was 66.1% (n=267). Generally, students rated their internship experiences positively and perceived high level of satisfaction with how the programmes were carried out.
Conclusion: The students perceived that the community pharmacy internship programme was effective in attaining its learning outcomes, despite limitation of participation in internship activities and problems and barriers encountered.
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