Posted: October 1, 2018

Evaluating Interprofessional Education Outcomes of a Dental School Pharmacotherapy Consult Service

Description

Promoting collaboration of future dental and pharmacy professionals has the potential to positively impact patient care. This study evaluated interprofessional education outcomes within implementation of a pharmacotherapy consult service involving doctor of dental surgery (DDS), dental hygiene (DH), and doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students in dental school-based clinics. The pharmacotherapy consultation process was created for third year DDS and second year DH students to request medication-related consults for clinic patients throughout an academic year. Consult services were conducted by pharmacists and second year PharmD students which included reviewing patient medication histories and profiles, providing medication and disease state education, and answering medication-related inquiries. Pre-post experience surveys were conducted assessing DDS, DH, and PharmD students’ knowledge of each discipline’s scope of practice using confidence scale statements, interprofessional communication perceptions, and program evaluation. Assessment of student clinical experience was evaluated through self-reflection, focus groups, and consult tracking technology. Dental school clinic settings provide a rich opportunity for interprofessional.

Keywords

Dental Education, IPEC Faculty Development Conference Presentations, IPEC Fall 2018, Experiential Education, Interprofessional Practice and Education, Teaching and Learning, Medication Education, Pharmacy Education, Pharmacotherapy Consult Services

Authors

Kimberly A. Sanders, PharmD, BCPS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Christine L. Downey, MS, DDS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA School of Dentistry

Jennifer B. Harmon, RDH, MS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA School of Dentistry

Shannon H. Mitchell, RDH, MS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA School of Dentistry

Heidi N. Anksorus, PharmD, BCPS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA Eshelman School of Pharmacy


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