緩和医療教育における薬学生の認識度および 習熟度の変化とその評価 Changes in Degree of Recognition and Understanding of Pharmacy Students and Its Evaluation in Palliative Care Education
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<b>Objective: </b>In this study, we evaluated the change in degree of recognition and understanding of palliative care as pharmacy students’ years advanced.<br><b>Methods: </b>A questionnaire survey consisting of 11 items about recognition of narcotics and 27 items about understanding of palliative care was conducted with first- to fifth-year pharmacy students. We divided the questions about the image of narcotics into groups and classified the questions about their knowledge of palliative care into the categories based on some reports.<br><b>Results: </b>Among the three groups of questions about the image of narcotics, the degree of “right recognition of narcotics” increased, and those of “wrong recognition of narcotics” and “sense of resistance to narcotics” decreased as pharmacy students’ years advanced. Additionally, questions about their knowledge of palliative care were categorized into three: “basic guidelines for cancer pain relief and methods of narcotic use,” “role of pharmacists in palliative care and support for patients,” and “pharmacologic characteristics of narcotics.” Their degree of understanding of each category increased with an increase in years. Both the recognition of narcotics and understanding of palliative care changed in the fourth- and fifth-grade year students compared to the first-, second-, and third-year ones.<br><b>Conclusion: </b>These results suggest that the recognition and understanding of palliative care changed along the same trends as pharmacy students’ years advanced. Therefore, it is important that pharmacy students acquire appropriate knowledge to play an active role in palliative care.
- Iyakuhin Johogaku
Iyakuhin Johogaku 17(2), 100-105, 2015
Japanese Society of Drug Informatics