Bindoff, I and Ling, T and Bereznicki, L and Westbury, J and Chalmers, L and Peterson, G and Ollington, R, A computer simulation of community pharmacy practice for educational use, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78, (9) Article 168. ISSN 0002-9459 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: To provide a computer-based learning method for pharmacy practice that is as effective as paper-based scenarios, but more engaging and less labor-intensive.
Design: We developed a flexible and customizable computer simulation of community pharmacy. Using it, the students would be able to work through scenarios which encapsulate the entirety of a patient presentation. We compared the traditional paper-based teaching method to our computerbased approach using equivalent scenarios. The paper-based group had 2 tutors while the computer group had none. Both groups were given a prescenario and postscenario clinical knowledge quiz and survey.
Assessment: Students in the computer-based group had generally greater improvements in their clinical knowledge score, and third-year students using the computer-based method also showed more improvements in history taking and counseling competencies. Third-year students also found the simulation fun and engaging.
Conclusion: Our simulation of community pharmacy provided an educational experience as effective as the paper-based alternative, despite the lack of a human tutor.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||simulation, community pharmacy, game, serious games, virtual community pharmacy|
|Research Division:||Biomedical and Clinical Sciences|
|Research Group:||Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences|
|Research Field:||Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Teaching and curriculum|
|Objective Field:||Teaching and instruction technologies|
|UTAS Author:||Bindoff, I (Dr Ivan Bindoff)|
|UTAS Author:||Ling, T (Dr Tristan Ling)|
|UTAS Author:||Bereznicki, L (Professor Luke Bereznicki)|
|UTAS Author:||Westbury, J (Associate Professor Juanita Breen)|
|UTAS Author:||Chalmers, L (Dr Leanne Chalmers)|
|UTAS Author:||Peterson, G (Professor Gregory Peterson)|
|UTAS Author:||Ollington, R (Dr Robert Ollington)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||23|
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