ERIC Number: ED179181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes of Graduating Pharmacy Students and Practicing Pharmacists.
Levine, Daniel U.
Attitudes of pharmacists and pharmacy students were measured by a 73-item questionnaire. Responses were obtained from 56 graduating seniors and 112 recent graduates of the School of Pharmacy of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. The two sets of responses enable comparison of the attitudes of graduating seniors after completion of a field-based externship and those of pharmacists who have been professional practitioners either two or three years. Factor analysis of the responses supported the construction of 11 scales measuring the following aspects of attitudes regarding pharmacy practice and preparation: pharmacy as a profession; patient medication records; over-the-counter drugs; Rx medications; patient-pharmacist relationships; physician-pharmacist relationships; management of a pharmacy; pharmacists' responsibilities for drug use; adequacy of preparation at the school of pharmacy; and school of pharmacy curriculum. All of the items had five response categories varying from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree." The results indicate that the two respondent groups generally share similar attitudes as measured by the questionnaire, and both groups tended to respond to items with answers considered to represent "desirable" attitudes. However, respondents indicated some uncertainty regarding their preparation for instituting new programs in a hospital pharmacy and for analyzing and changing managerial operations in a community pharmacy, and regarding the adequacy of the pharmacy curriculum. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Kansas City. Western Missouri Area Health Education Center.