Category: Fellows Posters
Podcasts are available as on-demand audio segments. With the proliferation of podcasts over the last decade, the number of podcasts concerning the practice of pharmacy has risen. Despite that, the different types of pharmacy podcasts and their place in practice has not been described – particularly as a resource for drug information. The goal of this study is to survey the types of pharmacy podcasts that are available as a potential resource for drug information, the focus of their content, and their format.
As of September 2019, over 100 podcasts exist relating to the topic of pharmacy. Some podcast applications such as Apple Podcasts and Google Play are moderated, thus the content is reviewed for compliance with any terms of service before the podcast is published. Other services such Spotify do not moderate their podcasts and therefore include a wider variety of podcasts. The number of podcasts reviewed is 120, seven were excluded for not relating to pharmacy or being in a language other than English (n=113). The majority of podcasts available on these platforms were unlikely to be resources for drug information 74 (65.5%). Only eight (7%) were likely useful, and an additional 31 (27.5%) were possibly useful. For each of the content categories, the distribution of podcasts were as follows: lifestyle 32 (28.3%), practice 30 (26.5%), medical 19 (16.8%), professional development 21 (18.5%), and student pharmacist 12 (10.6%). Based on the content of these podcasts, the majority were lifestyle podcasts that focus on exposing listeners to different areas of practice, or topics related to being a professional healthcare provider. For the format of the podcasts, the majority were interviews, discussions, and lectures.
There are many enriching pharmacy podcasts covering many different areas of practice. Most pharmacy podcasts are unlikely to be used as a resource for drug information, however some may offer utility. Podcasts may offer additional information that can be used to enrich knowledge surrounding pharmacy practice, professional development, or even life in general. Furthermore, podcasts about drug information topics may be a service that drug information centers compile or produce as a resource. The limited number of podcasts that can be used as a drug information resource presents an opportunity to continue development in drug information.