Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: As highly trained medical professionals, pharmacists are required to stay up-to-date on practice advancements by completing continuing education (CE). The general CE requirements for licensure may not always encompass the full educational needs at certain practice sites. The purpose of this study is to implement the use of clinical training modules to increase the knowledge base of pharmacists at an Indian Health Service (IHS) facility, and measure the impact this has on their pharmacy practice. The modules for this project will be focused on hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and infectious disease.
Methods: This prospective study will compare data on intervention impact and pharmacist knowledge collected before and after the implementation of the educational program. Participants will include the pharmacists currently working at this site and is voluntary. Participants will be asked to complete a pre- and post-test for each of the disease states. Upon completion of the pre-tests, pharmacists will be given access to the clinical modules, post-tests, and survey to complete. These should be self-paced and completed within three months. For data collection and analysis, the scores will be compared from the clinical questions on the pre-tests vs. the post-tests. Subjective information will also be collected from the post-test survey. This includes whether the module was fully completed, how useful the participant found the information, and how they will implement it into pharmacy practice. Pharmacists will be asked to document their clinical interventions made based on this training, utilizing a tracking system already in place at this practice site.
Results: Not applicable
Conclusion: Not applicable
Charity Vallangeon– Pharmacy Resident, Northern Navajo Medical Center, Farmington, NM