Factors influencing the transition of pharmacy students from pre-clinical to clinical years at university

Drovandi, Aaron, Adu, Mary, Alele, Faith, Jones, Karina, Knott, Gillian, and Malau-Aduli, Bunmi S. (2020) Factors influencing the transition of pharmacy students from pre-clinical to clinical years at university. Pharmacy Education, 20 (1). pp. 336-345.

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Introduction: The transition to clinical studies can be a source of stress, though little is known about how pharmacy students manage this transition. This mixed-methods study investigated factors influencing student transition from pre-clinical to clinical years of an Australian pharmacy degree.

Methods: Students rated and discussed their confidence in performing pharmacy-related skills, factors influencing their ability to carry out these skills and key enabling factors and barriers that influenced their transition.

Results: Differences in teaching and assessment style and placement workload affected the transition experience. Self-confidence in the clinical learning environment was enhanced by patient contact, previous pharmacy work experience, case-based learning and supportive placement supervisors. A perceived lack of relevance of pre-clinical learning and heavy workload during placement were major barriers to a smooth transition.

Conclusions: Support systems are essential to foster transition into the clinical learning environment with confidence and effective application of theoretical knowledge to real-world practice.

Item ID: 65034
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1477-2701
Keywords: clinical transition, professional practice, professional training, student ttitudes
Copyright Information: © 2020 FIP Pharmacy Education supports Open Access (OA): free, unrestricted online access to research outputs. Readers are able to access the Journal and individual published articles for free - there are no subscription fees or 'pay per view' charges.
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 00:05
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3214 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences > 321499 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 50%
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