Pharmacy Students Feed Back on Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy Workshop: A Study From Nepal

Subish Palaian, Saval Khanal

Abstract: Introduction: Pharmacy education in Nepal is largely industry focused. The Department of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy at Manipal Teaching Hospital (MTH) is a pioneer in hospital and clinical pharmacy activities in Nepal. Recently the department organized a workshop related to hospital and clinical pharmacy for the final year B.Pharm students of The School of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Pokhara University to study the demographic details of the student respondents participating in the training program, to calculate the median score of the respondents and to compare their scores with demographic characteristics.

The workshop on hospital and clinical pharmacy was conducted for the final year B.Pharm students by the staff of the Department of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy of MTH on June 21, 2008. The topics were related to activities and basic functioning of the Department of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy, Drug information and Pharmacovigilance Center, Medication Counseling Center and other topics related to hospital and clinical pharmacy. Following the workshop the student feedback on the program was evaluated by using a Likert type questionnaire having 20 questions (with scores ranging from). The filled questionnaires were analyzed as per the study objectives. Altogether 27 students [Males 16 (56.29%) and females 11 (40.74%)] participated in the training program. Among the total students 20 (74.07%) were from urban regions and 6 (22.22%) were from rural regions. All the participants were Nepali citizens. The mean SD score of males was 85.87 6.37 and of females was 86.63 3.77 (maximum possible score 100). The students in general had a positive feedback and were willing for similar sessions in the future. The study provided an insight of the possibility of conducting hospital and clinical pharmacy workshops in Nepal. The students felt the importance of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy and were interested in pursuing their career and higher education in hospital settings.

Nepal is a developing country located between China and India. As in other developing countries, the major causes of preventable death are diarrhea, acute respiratory tract infections, immunisable diseases and problems associated with poor maternal nutrition. The healthcare situation is further worsened by various drug sue problems. There is evidence of several problems related to drug use in Nepal. Irrational use of drugs in hospital and community settings are widely documented. It is essential for the healthcare professionals to have the adequate involvement to combat these drug use problems. The need for pharmacists’ involvement in the healthcare system is immense. Data from developed countries have documented beneficial role of pharmacists in improving drug use pattern and better patient care. However; in Nepal the pharmacists are minimally involved in patient care related activities and are mainly focused on industries. There are only four institutions offering undergraduate (B.Pharm) course and only two of them are offering post graduation in Pharmacy (M.Pharm) in Nepal. One of these institutes offers PG in Pharmaceutical care and Industrial Pharmacy whereas the other institute offers in natural products and Pharmaceutics.

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