Impact of interprofessional activities on health professions students' knowledge of community pharmacists' role and services

Am J Pharm Educ. 2011 Oct 10;75(8):152. doi: 10.5688/ajpe758152.


Objectives: To determine the impact of health professions students' participation in interprofessional activities on their knowledge of the roles of community pharmacists and community pharmacist-provided services.

Methods: Students at the Medical University of South Carolina were surveyed via a self-administered online survey tool to determine their participation in interprofessional activities as well as their knowledge of the role of community pharmacists and community pharmacist-provided services.

Results: Over 600 students completed the survey instrument. Nonpharmacy students who attended the university-sponsored Interprofessional Day were more knowledgeable of pharmacist-provided services. Previous interaction with a pharmacist increased nonpharmacy students' awareness of the services that pharmacists provide.

Conclusion: Participation in interprofessional activities increased health professions students' awareness of the role of pharmacists. Continued education among healthcare professions about the role of and services provided by pharmacists is needed to ensure that pharmacists have the greatest possible impact on patient care.

Keywords: community pharmacy; health professions; interprofessional education.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Community Pharmacy Services*
  • Educational Measurement / methods
  • Health Occupations*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Pharmacists* / psychology
  • Professional Role* / psychology
  • Students, Pharmacy* / psychology