RESEARCH ARTICLE: Using pharmacists’ baseline knowledge to guide implementation of preceptor training at an acute-care hospital
Keywords:Clinical Practice, Continuing Education, Hospital Pharmacy, Preceptor Training, Professional Training
Background: Effective precepting is important to ensure meaningful practical learning experiences and competency for entering pharmacy practice.
Aim: To describe the design, implementation and evaluation of a workplace-based pharmacist preceptor training session at an acute-care hospital.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in the hospital’s pharmacy department. A needs analysis survey was used to identify knowledge gap. A session evaluation survey was used to evaluate satisfaction with the preceptor training session.
Results: A total of 29 pharmacists (response rate: 48.3%) completed the session evaluation survey. Majority of pharmacists reported that the session was helpful (86.2%) and they gained new insights into precepting (89.7%). Most pharmacists, including those who had attended external preceptor training, believed that workplace-based preceptor training was as valuable as such training offered by external organisations (89.7%).
Conclusion: Workplace-based pharmacist preceptor training was well-received by pharmacist preceptors and was perceived to be as useful as training offered by external organisations.
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