Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pharmacy Student Perceptions: How Do They Change and What Does That Mean?
by Michalski, Erika Lynn, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2014, 138; 3668733
Abstract (Summary)

With healthcare moving rapidly toward interprofessional expectations, this study examined the perceptions of a particular population of students pursuing a degree in the healthcare field. Pharmacy students attending a free-standing pharmacy institution were interviewed over the course of the 2012 - 2013 academic year. Interviews were conducted before, during, and after the students engaged in collaborative coursework with students from a variety of health care majors attending a nearby institution. The results demonstrated the positive impact exposure to peer students pursuing degrees in health care fields can have. Results of the interview process highlighted the impact intentional interaction with a variety of students (i.e. medical, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant students) had for the students at the free-standing pharmacy institution. Results also demonstrated an increase in the perceived value of collaboration with other health care professionals. Additionally, results highlighted the importance of respect and communication as active components of interprofessional collaborations. Study participants grew in their understanding of their own role in the field of healthcare. Lastly, the depth of participants' understanding of optimal patient care grew over the course of the intentional interaction during the academic year. Along with presenting and analyzing the results of the interview process, this document makes suggestions regarding practical application of said results to the academic curriculum at an institution granting only a pharmacy degree.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williamson, Shane
Commitee: Henschke, John, Oldani, John
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-B 76/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Pharmacy sciences
Keywords: Health care professionals, Interprofessional expectations, Pharmacy students
Publication Number: 3668733
ISBN: 9781321440041
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