The impact on clinical practice of a postgraduate clinical pharmacy programme, incorporating competency-based performance evaluation

Burrows, Judith, Kirkpatrick, Carl, Coombes, Ian, Cardiff, Lynda, & Lum, Elaine (2013) The impact on clinical practice of a postgraduate clinical pharmacy programme, incorporating competency-based performance evaluation. Pharmacy Education, 13(1), pp. 177-182.

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A goal of the postgraduate clinical pharmacy programme (PGCPP) at the University of Queensland is to enhance clinical practice.


To evaluate student perceptions of the impact of the PGCPP on practice and the inclusion of a competency-based performance evaluation as a formative component of the curriculum.


In 2010, students completed a questionnaire to evaluate the impact of the PGCPP. In 2011, formative competency-based performance evaluations were conducted as a component of the course and the questionnaire was repeated. Responses, competency ratings and evaluation feedback were collated. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics.


51/57 (89%) of students completed the questionnaire in 2010 and 2011. Over 90% of students agreed or strongly agreed that the PGCPP enhanced practice, knowledge, confidence and contribution to patient care. Responses were similarly positive after the inclusion of the performance evaluation.


This study demonstrated that the PGCPP is achieving the goal of enhancing the practice of pharmacists.

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ID Code: 67717
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Postgraduate, Performance, Development, Competence, Pharmacy, HERN
ISSN: 1447-2701
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 FIP
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2014 00:20
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2014 22:14

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