Continuing education and community pharmacists in Galicia: a study of opinions
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Aim of the study: To determine the opinions of a volunteer group of community pharmacists concerning general and specific issues related to continuing education.
Methods: Participants were required to complete questionnaires before and after attendance at a refresher course, and score the relevant options provided on a scale from 0 to 10. The responses of the survey were analyzed to identify preferences and to detect any possible changes in opinion.
Main outcome measure: Arithmetic means of pharmacists' opinions.
Results: The teaching methods preferred by the community pharmacists were workshops for resolution of practical cases (9 ± 0.25 and 8.88 ± 0.13) and the distance-learning computer programmes (6.74 ± 0.25 and 8.18 ± 0.20). In selecting which topics that should be taught, the participants gave the highest ratings to healthcare needs (8.75 ± 0.14 and 8.57 ± 0.15) and the demands of the pharmacists (8.15 ± 0.16 and 8.40 ± 0.16), with pharmaceutical care being the most requested topic (29 points). Participants preferred courses lasting 20 to 50 hours (6.94 ± 0.26 and 7.89 ± 0.16), without preference for schedule.
Conclusion: Community pharmacists in Galicia show a great interest in the provision and organization of continuing education activities that meet their needs and expectations.
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