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An Outcomes Research (Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmacoepidemiology) Course for PharmD Students (Galley)

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David M. Scott and Craig A. Pedersen


American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Vol. 64, No. 2 (2000)
DOI: aj640202.pdf




American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy


The project's purpose was to develop an elective outcomes research course for second and third-year Doctor of Pharmacy students at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students' course outcomes included: (i) describe the concepts and methodology of these studies; and (ii) design and present an outcomes research proposal to fellow students. Students' outcomes are achieved through assigned readings, lectures, analyzing case studies and completing a study proposal. The outcomes research course was evaluated by sending a questionnaire to students (n=31) who have 80completed the course. Since this course has evolved over the past four years, students enrolled in 1998 (current, n = 10) were compared to students taking the course from 1995-97 (previous, n = 21). Students' ratings show they were "slightly familiar" with most topic areas before taking the course. After taking the course, students generally reported a high level of usefulness for most items and current students were slightly higher for these items than were previous students. This course familiarized students with the breadth of outcomes research studies, both from a "consumer" of research and from a researcher's perspective.

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