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Pharmacy student views on preceptorship during rural placements


Taylor, S and Best, D and Marriott, J and Dalton, L and Bull, R and Galbraith, K and Leversha, A and Howarth, H and Simpson, M and Rose, M, Pharmacy student views on preceptorship during rural placements, Pharmacy Education, 6, (4) pp. 253-266. ISSN 1560-2214 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/15602210600888577


Aims: To identify factors that undergraduate pharmacy students valued most highly in a rural clinical placement experience. Methods: Pharmacy students from four universities were invited to participate in a survey and/or focus group. A 42 item questionnaire was used in which students were asked to rate various aspects of their rural placement on a five point Likert scale. During the focus groups students were invited to explore positive and negative aspects of their rural placement and to make suggestions for future placements. Results: About 108 students responded to the questionnaire and 26 participated in the focus groups. Students rated most highly the role of the preceptor in making their rural placement a success. Two themes emerged from the focus groups which highlighted the relationship between preceptorship and learning. Conclusion: Students valued their placements highly when they were in a supportive learning environment, with an organised structure and adequately supported by the universities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Dalton, L (Dr Lisa Dalton)
UTAS Author:Bull, R (Professor Rosalind Bull)
UTAS Author:Howarth, H (Ms Helen Howarth)
ID Code:42375
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-04-18

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