Impact of an elective diabetes course on student pharmacists' skills and attitudes.

Sarah M. Westberg, Melissa A. Bumgardner, Michael C. Brown, Janice Frueh

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Abstract

To assess the impact of an elective diabetes course on student pharmacists' skills and attitudes about diabetes management. A 1-credit elective course on diabetes was developed that included a 1-week simulation experience during which students completed daily insulin injections, glucose checks, carbohydrate counts, and kept a daily log. A preintervention and postintervention survey was administered to assess students' attitudes toward and confidence in performing and teaching patients various diabetes self-management skills. Students' confidence in performing and teaching diabetes self-management skills significantly improved. Students' reflective writing assignment, diabetes logbook, weekly quizzes, and group presentation were also evaluated. A diabetes elective, which included a 1-week simulation of living as a diabetic patient, was an effective teaching method to increase students' confidence in performing and teaching diabetes self-management skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Volume74
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 12 2010

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Diabetes
  • Elective
  • Simulation
  • Survey

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