Continued professional development: A comparison of online vs. in-person workshops

Title

Continued professional development: A comparison of online vs. in-person workshops

Creator

Gallegos PJ; Mistry B; Freshwater D; Mullen C

Publisher

Currents In Pharmacy Teaching And Learning

Date

2021
2021-07

Description

Introduction: Pharmacy practice continues to change and therefore requires lifelong health professions education. These practice changes require academics and leaders in pharmacy to identify how to best teach and train pharmacists to manage patient care services. This study assessed whether an online training module is as effective as an in-person workshop to train pharmacists to apply dosing and therapeutic monitoring of vancomycin. Methods: The primary endpoint measured the difference in average assessment score change between pre- and past-training between intervention groups. All pharmacists completed: (1) a baseline pretest, (2) Session 1 online, (3) Session 2 (an online training module or in-person workshop), (4) a posttest, and (5) a voluntary survey of perceptions on training. Results: A total of 56 pharmacists completed the training, 43% online and 57% in-person. The multiple linear regression included pretest, training method, and pharmacists' role on posttest (R-2 = 0.1041 and P = .34). A voluntary anonymous survey about perceptions on the training was completed by 20 participants. On average, perceptions were agreeable on an eight-item Likert scale between groups (Cronbach's alpha = 0.77). The total scores for the Likert scale were 27 +/- 3.3 vs. 23 +/- 1.6, P = .001, in the online and in-person sessions, respectively. More participants in the online group agreed that they had enough time to comprehend and apply the material, 4 vs. 3 (on the Likert scale). Conclusions: An online training module is as effective as an in-person workshop at training pharmacists to apply vancomycin dosing and monitoring. (C) 2021 Published by Elsevier Inc.

Subject

Continued professional development; Health professions education; In-person workshop; Online training; Pharmacist

Rights

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Format

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Pages

770-775

Issue

7

Volume

13

ISSN

1877-1297

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Pharmacy

NEOMED Department

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Update Year & Number

June 2021 List

Citation

Gallegos PJ; Mistry B; Freshwater D; Mullen C, “Continued professional development: A comparison of online vs. in-person workshops,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed December 8, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11712.

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