Pharmacy Students’ Perspective on Business Management for the Community Pharmacist

Davey, Braedon J., Lindsay, Daniel, Cousins, Justin, and Glass, Beverley D. (2023) Pharmacy Students’ Perspective on Business Management for the Community Pharmacist. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 87 (12). 100563.

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Objective: Pharmacy students are important future stakeholders in community pharmacy, with business management being an integral part of practice. Thus, this study aims to determine pharmacy students’ perceptions of the business management skills required of the community pharmacist and how these skills should be taught within the pharmacy curriculum.

Methods: An explanatory sequential mixed-methods design involved the administration of an online survey to pharmacy students in years 1 and 4 across 2 Australian universities, followed by focus groups to gather in-depth perceptions. Survey responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and associations between years 1 and 4 and outcomes were explored. A hybrid approach of inductive and deductive thematic analysis was used for focus group transcriptions.

Results: A total of 51 pharmacy students responded to the online survey, with 85% agreeing that business management is an essential part of the community pharmacist’s skill set. Students indicated a preference for learning management during their community pharmacy placement, university workshops, and via mentorship. Although thematic analysis of student focus groups revealed a preference for learning clinical skills during their university education, business management was also recognized as important. Enthusiasm for management, however, could be increased by exposure to mentors who display leadership and are passionate about business management.

Conclusion: Pharmacy students considered business management as intrinsic to the role of community pharmacists and recommended a multimethod teaching approach to learning these skills. These findings could be used by pharmacy educators and the profession to inform both the content and the delivery of business management in pharmacy curricula.

Item ID: 81357
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1553-6467
Keywords: Pharmacy management, Education, Teaching, Mentorship
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Copyright Information: Crown Copyright © 2023 Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2023 04:18
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3214 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences > 321403 Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice @ 100%
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