Richardson, CL, Chapman, S and White, S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0096-251X (2021) Measuring the educational benefits of using a virtual patient to practice pharmacist-patient consultations. Pharmacy Education, 21. 382 - 389.

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Abstract

<jats:p>Objective: Virtual patients (VPs) are a method of simulating clinical practice however little is known about their use by healthcare professionals. This study explores if, and how, one VP is educationally beneficial for pharmacists and pre-registration trainees to teach non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOAC) patient counselling. Method: The evaluation used a before and after questionnaire measuring self-perceived counselling ability; further questions considered the outcomes of VP use. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics; ethical approval was granted by Keele University. Results: There was an average improvement in the user’s (n=94) self-perceived ability to conduct NOAC counselling (+10.2%). Although, there was variation in educational outcomes with changes in both knowledge and confidence reported. Some reported a decreased ability, but they were still positive towards the VP as it may have had a regulatory effect. Conclusion: Most users perceived multiple benefits of use; more generic outcomes related to counselling skills were also reported.</jats:p>

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Additional Information: The Pharmacy Education journal, published by FIP, remains an open access, free to publish, peer reviewed journal. We welcome your submissions on all aspects of pharmacy and pharmaceutical related education, training and workforce development.
Uncontrolled Keywords: counselling, education, pharmacist, simulation, virtual patient
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2021 11:56
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 11:56
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137

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