Does the subject content of the pharmacy degree course influence the community pharmacist’s views on competencies for practice?


Do community pharmacists coming from different educational backgrounds rank the importance of competences for practice differently-or is the way in which they see their profession more influenced by practice than university education? A survey was carried out on 68 competences for pharmacy practice in seven countries with different pharmacy education systems in terms of the relative importance of the subject areas chemical and medicinal sciences. Community pharmacists were asked to rank the competences in terms of relative importance for practice; competences were divided into personal and patient-care competences. The ranking was very similar in the seven countries suggesting that evaluation of competences for practice is based more on professional experience than on prior university education. There were some differences for instance in research-related competences and these may be influenced, by education.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Pharmacy School
College of Health & Life Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: pharmacy,education,community,practice,competence
Publication ISSN: 2226-4787
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Published Date: 2015-09-01
Authors: Atkinson, Jeffrey
de Paepe, Kristien
Sánchez Pozo, Antonio
Rekkas, Dimitrios
Volmer, Daisy
Hirvonen, Jouni
Bozic, Borut
Skowron, Agnieska
Mircioiu, Constantin
Marcincal, Annie
Koster, Andries
Wilson, Keith
van Schravendijk, Chris
Wilkinson, Jamie



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