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An international review of the use of competency standards in undergraduate pharmacy education


Nash, RE and Chalmers, L and Brown, N and Jackson, S and Peterson, G, An international review of the use of competency standards in undergraduate pharmacy education, Pharmacy Education (Print), 15, (1) pp. 131-141. ISSN 1560-2214 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Background: Pharmacists are self-regulating health professionals. There is currently international attention on pharmacy education, competency standards, advanced level frameworks and integrated pharmacy programmes.

Aims: To review the programme-wide use of competency standards within undergraduate pharmacy curricula internationally.

Methods: A systematic review of the literature was undertaken between 2000-2013. An iterative process using constant comparative analysis was utilised to theme the final 19 papers. These papers were then characterised based on their programme level use of competency standards.

Results: Of 948 articles identified, 19 were included. Competency standards were used multiple ways in pharmacy programmes including curriculum design, mapping and were reflected in assessment.

Conclusion: Across the globe the professionís competency standards (CS) have been utilised to design, develop and review pharmacy curricular. Use of CS to inform outcome-based education (OBE) in pharmacy programmes provides a quality assurance mechanism and may enhance the accountability and flexibility of the profession for its public.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:competency, outcomes-based education, pharmacy, undergraduate, curriculum, systematised literature review, competency standards
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Nash, RE (Dr Rosie Nash)
UTAS Author:Chalmers, L (Dr Leanne Chalmers)
UTAS Author:Brown, N (Professor Natalie Brown)
UTAS Author:Jackson, S (Dr Shane Jackson)
UTAS Author:Peterson, G (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:99535
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2015-03-27
Last Modified:2016-05-20

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