Changes in knowledge after attending a community pharmacists’ asthma workshop

  • Jose P. Garcia Corpas
  • Ana Ocaña Arenas
  • Lorena Gonzalez Garcia
  • Estefania Lopez Dominguez
  • Emilio Garcia Jimenez
  • Pedro Amariles
  • Maria J. Faus
Keywords: Asthma, Education, Pharmacy, Continuing, Spain

Abstract

Background: Pharmacists can play an important role in both the detection of asthma and its monitoring in patients with asthma.

Objective: To assess the change in asthma knowledge, and associated variables, of pharmacists attending the “Pharmacotherapy follow-up of Adult Bronchial Asthma” workshops run by the Pharmaceutical Care Center of Stada Laboratories.

Methods: All participants in  the “Pharmacotherapy follow-up of Adult Bronchial Asthma” workshops completed a pre-test and a post-test. Those who left the workshop and those who did not complete the tests were not included in the analysis. Tests were scored from 0 to 10, and the change in scores was analyzed.

Results:  Of the 90 participating pharmacists, 79 fulfilled the inclusion criteria. 81% (64) were female, and their average age was 38.8 years [CI95%= 36.65-40.81].  The average pre-test score was 3.65 [CI95%=3.29-4.01]; 72.2% of the pharmacists scored less than 5 points. The average post-test score was 7.33 [CI95%=7.01-7.65]. The average change in scores was 3.68 [CI95%=3.29-4.07] . No statistical significance was found between this change in scores and other variables analyzed (age, gender, previous training, or position in the pharmacy).

Conclusion: CAF Stada “Adult Bronchial Asthma” workshops increased pharmacists’ general knowledge.

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Published
2006-10-26
Section
Original Research