Healthcare Professional Students’ Knowledge of Drug-Drug Interactions

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, 1295 N. Martin Ave., P.O. Box 210202, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.
American journal of pharmaceutical education (Impact Factor: 1.08). 12/2011; 75(10):199. DOI: 10.5688/ajpe7510199
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To evaluate changes in medical, pharmacy, and nurse practitioner students' drug-drug interaction (DDI) knowledge after attending an educational program.
A DDI knowledge assessment containing 15 different drug pairs was administered to participants before and after a 45-minute educational session.
Pharmacy, medical, and nursing students scored significantly higher on the posttest assessment for DDI recognition (median change 3, 9, and 8, respectively) and management strategy (median change 5, 9, 8, respectively), indicating a significant improvement in DDI knowledge as a result of the educational session. Pharmacy students scored significantly higher on the pretest; however, no difference was observed between the students' posttest scores. Posttest scores for all student groups were significantly greater than their respective pretest scores (p < 0.001).
Significant improvement in healthcare professional students' DDI knowledge was observed following participation in the educational session.

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