Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Emerging data suggest the prevalence of depression and stress in pharmacy residents is higher than in the general population. Though several studies have assessed pharmacy resident mental health, there is a lack of data evaluating pharmacy preceptor awareness of this issue. By surveying pharmacy preceptors regarding mental health in pharmacy residents, we hope to gain better insight about the mindfulness of mental health in pharmacy residency programs. The objective of this study is to determine preceptor knowledge of the prevalence of depression and comfort level with mental health in pharmacy residents.
Methods: This study has been submitted to the Institutional Review Board at the local Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System. An anonymous VA Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) survey will be distributed to all VA residency program directors (RPDs) via an emailed link. VA REDCap is a secure VA intranet application that facilitates the collection of data. The survey was created by the investigators. VA RPDs will be asked to distribute the survey email to local PGY-1 and PGY-2 pharmacy residency preceptors. Preceptors and RPDs at the local facility will be excluded from the survey. Reminders about survey distribution will be conducted through VA REDCap. The survey will include pharmacy preceptor and RPD demographics and pharmacy residency program characteristics. Questions will evaluate preceptor and RPD knowledge of the prevalence of depression in pharmacy residents, the diagnostic criteria for depression, anxiety, and stress, and familiarity with mental health resources. Questions will also evaluate preceptor and RPD comfort level with mental health in pharmacy residents.
Results: not applicable
Conclusion: not applicable
Katherine Plank– Pharmacy Resident, Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI