Pharmacy educators’ knowledge of medication safety and their perception toward its integration into the doctor of pharmacy curriculum in Saudi Arabia

Abdulmalik M. Alkatheri, Rami Bustami, Abdulkareem M. Albekairy, Hind Almodaimegh, Sahar Alghamdi, Shemylan Alharbi, Nabil Khalidi, John E Murphy, Amjad M. Qandil

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Abstract

Objective. To assess pharmacy educators’ knowledge of medication safety and their perception toward its integration into the PharmD curriculum in Saudi Arabia. Methods. A survey was administered to pharmacy educators at a college of pharmacy and its affiliate hospital. Knowledge, training, and perception toward integrating medication safety into the PharmD curriculum were evaluated. Results. More than 50% of respondents indicated that medication safety should be covered within selected courses, and 65% indicated that such courses should be mandatory. Pharmacy practice educators had significantly higher levels of knowledge about medication safety than their nonpractice counterparts. Perceptions toward medication safety integration into the curriculum varied significantly by general discipline, academic degree, years of experience, and gender. Conclusion. Pharmacy educators in Saudi Arabia understand the importance of medication safety and its integration into the curriculum. Further studies are needed to guide curricular change to achieve this integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number30
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Volume81
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Doctor of pharmacy curriculum
  • Medication safety
  • Patient safety
  • Pharmacy education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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Alkatheri, A. M., Bustami, R., Albekairy, A. M., Almodaimegh, H., Alghamdi, S., Alharbi, S., ... Qandil, A. M. (2017). Pharmacy educators’ knowledge of medication safety and their perception toward its integration into the doctor of pharmacy curriculum in Saudi Arabia. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 81(2), [30].