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Using Standardized Patients to Teach Physical Assessment Skills to Pharmacists (Galley)

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Michael S. Monaghan, Rhonda M. Jones, Eric F. Schneider, Robert F. Richardson, Angela R. Grady, Jack R. McCormack and Jay Randall


American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Vol. 61, No. 3 (1997)
DOI: aj6103266.pdf




American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy


We describe how standardized patients (SPs) may be used to teach physical assessment in a continuing education format to practicing pharmacists. SPs provide an ideal practice model for the development of basic physical assessment skills and, therefore, were incorporated into the program structure. This six-contact hour program included seven stations which were run concurrently. Participants rotated through all seven stations. Each station focused on a particular physical assessment skill which may be used to evaluate drug therapy or which may be useful in practice. Each station was manned by a facilitator and four SPs. The stations were designed to demonstrate the basic physical assessment skill, allow participants to practice the skill with an SP, and evaluate participantsí performance of the skill using an SP. Feedback from the participants was requested through a questionnaire. These data are presented and may be useful in structuring an entry-level doctor of pharmacy physical assessment course.

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