Category: Fellows Posters
Purpose: The importance of interpreter use in clinical practice and the impact interpreters have on patient care is discussed in multiple publications. Previous studies measure the effectiveness of interpreter use training, but mainly focused on student healthcare practitioners. These studies support the need for further training of healthcare providers to work with interpreters. Our study addresses the gaps in literature and adds to current evidence by specifically focusing on pharmacist education. It may also prompt pharmacists to seek out interpretation services when communication with patients is strained due to language barriers.
Methods: This study has been submitted to the Institutional Review Board for approval. The study population will be pharmacists who currently work or have the potential to work with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients in their practice. The aim is to recruit 100-300 study participants. Data will be collected anonymously in pre- and post-training survey format; question types will consist of multiple choice, select all that apply, ranking, Likert scale, and open response. The surveys will be available as part of an online continuing education training program that participants can claim an one (1) ACPE accredited contact hour by completing. Participants will be solicited via email, where they will be able to read an informational recruitment letter and will also be provided a link to access the training and associated survey. The results generated from the survey will be analyzed with statistical tests.