Pharmacy students' ability to identify potential drug-drug interactions

Kim R. Saverno, Daniel C. Malone, John Kurowsky

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Abstract

Objective. To evaluate the ability of third- and fourth-year pharmacy students to identify clinically significant drug-drug interactions (DDIs) Methods. A questionnaire designed to measure DDI knowledge was disseminated to fourth-year pharmacy students in a school of pharmacy. A second questionnaire was distributed to third-year pharmacy students in 2 schools of pharmacy (schools A and B) and re-administered to students in 1 of the schools 1 year later. Results. Class of 2005 fourth-year pharmacy students correctly categorized an average of 52% 6 13% DDI pairs on the first questionnaire. Third-year pharmacy students at schools A and B correctly categorized an average of 61% 6 18% and 66% 6 15% of DDI pairs, respectively. The average percentage of correct responses for fourth-year students from the class of 2007 was 65% (6 17%). Conclusion. Pharmacy students' ability to identify important DDIs is far from optimal, even after completing experiential requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number27
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Drug interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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