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Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapy

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OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of web-based training (WBT) modules to enhance and facilitate student pharmacists’ learning and their ability to provide pharmaceutical care to children during a pediatric advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE).

METHODS: Pediatric-specific WBT modules were developed for completion by APPE students during a 4- week rotation. Pediatric modules covered developmental pharmacology; antimicrobial use and monitoring; fluids, electrolytes, and dehydration; and drug information. Students were responsible for completing all modules within the first week of the APPE. Preassessments and postassessments consisted of 8 to 10 multiple-choice questions, with scores ranging from 0 to 100 points. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and paired t tests.

RESULTS: Statistically significant improvements in postassessment scores were achieved for 3 of the 4 modules. Significant improvements were not observed in the antimicrobial use and monitoring module. Most student pharmacists either somewhat or strongly agreed that the modules improved their understanding of pharmaceutical care for children.

CONCLUSIONS: WBT modules, taken during an APPE rotation, may expand and improve student pharmacists’ understanding of pharmaceutical care in pediatric patients.


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