Second-year pharmacy students' perceptions of adhering to a complex simulated medication regimen.

Northeast Ohio Medical University, 4887 Kelly Avenue, Rootstown, OH 44272, USA.
American journal of pharmaceutical education (Impact Factor: 1.21). 02/2012; 76(1):11. DOI: 10.5688/ajpe76111
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT To conduct a simulated medication regimen with second-year pharmacy students to determine their anticipated versus actual difficulty in adhering to it.
Second-year pharmacy students were given 6 fictitious medications (jellybeans) and a drug regimen to adhere to for 6 days. Pre- and post-intervention surveys were conducted to compare participants anticipated vs. actual difficulty with adherence and changes in empathy toward patients.
The 69 (96%) students who participated in the study missed on average 16% of all simulated medication doses and noted that adhering to the complex medication regimen was more difficult than they had anticipated. Eighty-nine percent of students agreed or strongly agreed the project was valuable in developing empathy towards patients taking complex medication regimens.
Pharmacy students participating in a simulated medication regimen missed a notable number of doses and reported a greater level of empathy for patients taking complex medication regiments. Finding meaningful ways to integrate adherence into the curriculum is essential.

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