Problem-based learning using the online Medicare Part D Plan Finder tool

Am J Pharm Educ. 2008 Jun 15;72(3):47. doi: 10.5688/aj720347.


Objectives: To implement didactic and problem-based learning curricular innovations aimed at increasing students' knowledge of Medicare Part D, improving their ability to apply the online Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder tool to a patient case, and improving their attitudes toward patient advocacy for Medicare beneficiaries.

Methods: A survey instrument and a case-based online Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder tool exercise were administered to a single group (n = 120) of second-year pharmacy graduate students prior to and following completion of a course on health policy. Three domains (knowledge, skill mastery and attitudes) were measured before and after two 90-minute lectures on Medicare Part D.

Results: The online Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder exercise and Medicare Part D didactic lectures had positive effects on students' knowledge of Part D, attitudes toward patient advocacy, and ability to accurately use the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder tool.

Conclusions: The success of these didactic and problem-based curricular innovations in improving pharmacy students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding Part D warrants further evaluation to determine their portability to clinical settings and other pharmacy schools.

Keywords: Medicare Part D; Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder; online learning; patient advocacy.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Curriculum
  • Drug Costs
  • Education, Pharmacy, Graduate*
  • Eligibility Determination
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Insurance Benefits
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance, Pharmaceutical Services* / economics
  • Internet
  • Learning
  • Male
  • Medicare Part D* / economics
  • Online Systems*
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Prescription Fees
  • Problem-Based Learning*
  • Students, Pharmacy*
  • United States