A clinical nutrition course to improve pharmacy students' skills and confidence in counseling patients

Linda Chang, Nicholas G. Popovich, Cherdsak Iramaneerat, Everett V. Smith, M. Nawal Lutfiyya

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Abstract

Objective. To create, implement, and evaluate a PharmD course on primary care nutrition. Design. A 2-credit hour elective course was offered to second- and third-year pharmacy students. It was informed by the Socratic method using a minimum number of formal lecture presentations and featured problem-based learning exercises, case-based scenarios, and scientific literature to fuel informed debate. A single group posttest design with a retrospective pretest was used to assess students' self-efficacy. Assessment. There was a significant overall improvement in students' self-efficacy in their ability to practice primary care nutrition. Conclusion. Completion of a nutrition course improved students' confidence in providing primary care nutrition and empowered them to speak more comfortably about the role of nutrition in the prevention of chronic diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number66
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume72
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Nutrition
  • Problem-based learning
  • Socratic method

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