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An international survey of health literacy education within schools of pharmacy

Swinburne, Glen, Duncan, Gregory J., McNamara, Kevin P., Stewart, Kay, Emmerton, Lynne and Hussainy, Safeera Y. 2014, An international survey of health literacy education within schools of pharmacy, Pharmacy education, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 93-100.

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Title An international survey of health literacy education within schools of pharmacy
Author(s) Swinburne, Glen
Duncan, Gregory J.
McNamara, Kevin P.ORCID iD for McNamara, Kevin P. orcid.org/0000-0001-6547-9153
Stewart, Kay
Emmerton, Lynne
Hussainy, Safeera Y.
Journal name Pharmacy education
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 93
End page 100
Total pages 8
Publisher International Pharmaceutical Federation
Place of publication Hague, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1447-2701
Keyword(s) communication
curriculum
education
health literacy
pharmacy
students
Summary Background: Health literacy (HL) influences patients’ health status, use of the healthcare system and medication-relatedbehaviours. However, the concept is relatively new to pharmacy and its incorporation in academic curricula has notbeen examined.Aims: To explore HL training in pharmacy schools internationally, and academics’ opinions in regards to how it shouldbe taught and assessed.Methods: An anonymous, online survey was administered to academics who teach within pharmacy degree coursesfrom countries where English is the main language.

Results: Responses were received from 21 pharmacy schools in seven countries; 20 stated that HL was taught withintheir pharmacy degree, in four as a stand-alone topic. Small-group tutorials were thought to be the most beneficial formof teaching health literacy, best assessed using oral and objective structured clinical examinations.

Conclusion:
The majority of pharmacy schools taught health literacy and had similar opinions regarding best practiceteaching and assessment.
Language eng
Field of Research 1115 Pharmacology And Pharmaceutical Sciences
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, FIP
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078134

Document type: Journal Article
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