General practice-based undergraduate pharmacy longitudinal clerkship: a theoretically underpinned qualitative evaluation

C. Innes, S. Cunningham, B. Addison, Y. Wedekind, E. Watson, I. Rudd, A. Power, L. Karim, G. F. Rushworth (Lead / Corresponding author)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Background: A Pharmacy Longitudinal Clerkship (PLC) was designed to develop student pharmacists' (SPs) competence in a general practice setting.

Aim: The aim was to carry out a theoretically underpinned qualitative evaluation of stakeholder perceptions of influences of behavioural determinants on SP development for clinical practice in general practice.

Method: General practice-based PLCs were delivered in 2019/20 and 2020/21 for two cohorts of SPs in NHS Highland, Scotland. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were used to explore stakeholder perceptions of influences of behavioural determinants on SP development. Informed written consent was obtained. An interview schedule was developed and piloted using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic methodology. Ethics approval was granted.

Results: Seven SPs and five general practitioner (GP) tutors were interviewed. Key themes were identified mapped to TDF domains and included: knowledge-utilisation and practical application of knowledge; skills-triangulation of skills under clinical supervision; beliefs about capabilities-confidence building with clinical and patient contact; professional role and identity-elucidation of professional roles within general practice.

Conclusion: This evaluation shows benefits of embedding SPs within clinical teams and immersing them in a clinical environment over a prolonged period in a general practice Pharmacy Longitudinal Clerkship. It is expected this will translate into a more confident transition to postgraduate professional clinical practice. Funding should be sought to test alternative PLC arrangements including: multiple full-time longitudinal placement blocks; or ultimately a year-long longitudinal clerkship programme with an IPE element.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123-1131
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Volume44
Early online date26 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Clinical clerkship
  • Experiential learning
  • General practice
  • Pharmacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology (medical)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'General practice-based undergraduate pharmacy longitudinal clerkship: a theoretically underpinned qualitative evaluation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this