Pilot evaluation of an electronic game developed to teach medication history taking to pharmacy students


  • Vien T Truong The University of Sydney, Sydney
  • Rebekah J Moles The University of Sydney, Sydney
  • Carl R Schneider The University of Sydney, Sydney
  • Paulina Stehlik Bond University


Computer Game, Gamification, Medication History, Medication Reconciliation, Pharmacy Education


Objectives: This pilot study aimed to evaluate a novel electronic medication reconciliation game for teaching medication history taking.

Method: Sixty-six final year Master of Pharmacy students used the eMedRec game during nine weekly tutorials throughout semester two in addition to problem-based learning cases. The authors compared the change in self- perceived confidence and competence surveys in semester two to usual teaching in semester one. Game usability was evaluated using survey the System Usability Scale (SUS) after game exposure.

Results: Difference in student self-perceived confidence after game exposure were comparable to those observed in semester one (difference in mean change -0.31 (-0.72 – 0.08)) while there was a significant increase in self-perceived competence following game exposure compared to usual teaching (difference in mean change 1.2 (0.66 – 1.80)). The game had a SUS score of 48.5/100.

Conclusions: The eMedRec scored moderately on the SUS and increased student self-perceived competence greater than that observed during usual teaching alone.

Author Biographies

Vien T Truong, The University of Sydney, Sydney

Pharmacist - Sydney Pharmacy School

Rebekah J Moles, The University of Sydney, Sydney

Associate Professor - Sydney Pharmacy School

Carl R Schneider, The University of Sydney, Sydney

Senior Lecturer - Sydney Pharmacy School

Paulina Stehlik, Bond University

Senior Research Fellow - Centre for Research in Evidence Based Medicine, Bond University (Formerly Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)


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How to Cite

Truong, V. T., Moles, R. J., Schneider, C. R., & Stehlik, P. (2019). Pilot evaluation of an electronic game developed to teach medication history taking to pharmacy students. Pharmacy Education, 19(1), p 126–132. Retrieved from https://pharmacyeducation.fip.org/pharmacyeducation/article/view/622



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