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Opinion of hospital pharmacy practitioners toward the Continuing Pharmacy Education program: a study from a tertiary care hospital in central Nepal

Authors Poudel RS, Piryani RM, Shrestha S, Chaurasiya R, Niure BP

Received 28 June 2017

Accepted for publication 22 August 2017

Published 22 September 2017 Volume 2017:6 Pages 157—161


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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Andrew Sturrock

Ramesh Sharma Poudel,1 Rano Mal Piryani,2 Shakti Shrestha,3 Roshan Chaurasiya,1 Bed Prakash Niure1

1Hospital Pharmacy, Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Chitwan, Nepal, 2Health Professionals Education and Research Centre, Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Chitwan, Nepal, 3Department of Pharmacy, Shree Medical and Technical College, Chitwan, Nepal

Background: Meeting participants’ needs and matching their preferences are important prerequisites for an effective Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) program. The objective of this pilot study was to assess the opinion of hospital pharmacy practitioners with respect to the CPE program.
Methods: The pretested questionnaires were distributed to 20 pharmacy practitioners working in a pharmacy at a tertiary care hospital in Nepal which asked for their opinions and suggestions with respect to the CPE program. Descriptive statistics were performed using IBM SPSS version 20.
Results: Topics related to skills development (75%) and recent innovations in pharmacy practice (65%) were mostly preferred. Live (in-person) presentations (80%) and small group discussion (60%) were the most suitable methods for delivery. Improving knowledge (75%), improving skills (60%) and keeping up-to-date in the latest information (60%) were major motivating factors to participate, while lack of time (75%) was a major barrier. Approximately 55% of the participants believed that face-to-face interview was a suitable method for evaluating the effectiveness. Allocation of separate time for the program, assessing baseline knowledge and skills of the participants along with delivery of quality materials in an understandable way were the top common suggestions for improving the CPE program.
Conclusion: Hospital pharmacy practitioners’ opinions and suggestions were assessed with respect to the CPE program and this was upgraded accordingly to meet their expectations.

continuing education, opinion, pharmacy, pharmacy practitioner, Nepal

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