Perceptions of pharmacy students involved in preventative health and wellness events at the University of British Columbia
Author(s):
Jillian Reardon
Affiliations:
BScPharm PharmD ACPR;
Canadian Pharmacists Conference ePoster Library. Gobis B. Jun 4, 2017; 174267
Barbara Gobis
Barbara Gobis
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Abstract
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Objectives
As frontline healthcare providers, pharmacists have an important role to play in public health promotion. The objective of this study was to assess pharmacy student perceptions of involvement in preventative health and wellness events to better inform provision of experiential training.

Methods
Electronic surveys were conducted of University of British Columbia (UBC) pharmacy student volunteers involved in heart and bone health awareness events and influenza immunization clinics held for UBC employees between 2014-2016. Surveys were developed by UBC pharmacy faculty and gathered information on student demographics, perceptions of preparedness for health promotion activities and knowledge and skill development as a result of participation. Analysis was by descriptive statistics.

Results
A total of 105 surveys were sent to pharmacy student volunteers involved in health awareness and immunization events. The majority of participants were senior pharmacy students in their third or fourth years. Survey completion rate was 38.1%. All respondents agreed (66%) or strongly agreed (34%) that they felt prepared to provide preventative health care services under pharmacist supervision. All students perceived an improvement in skill and knowledge development in areas of information gathering, documentation and patient interaction. Many students reported a shift from low to high confidence in abilities and skills as a result of participation. Fifty-seven and 40.5% of students indicated the activity met or exceeded their expectations, respectively. A key theme was desire for further student opportunities to engage in health and wellness promotion.

Conclusion
Senior pharmacy students expressed positive attitudes toward involvement in health promotion activities and experienced a self-perceived increase in knowledge, skills and confidence over a short time period. Early exposure to health promotion activities may accelerate and enhance clinical abilities of pharmacy students while preparing them for emerging pharmacist roles.

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