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A computer simulation of community pharmacy practice for educational use


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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Copyright 2014 Amer Assoc Coll Pharmacy

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DOI: doi:10.5688/ajpe789168


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 Details

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)
ID Code:96794
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2014-11-21
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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