An elective course on lifestyle modifications in pharmacotherapy

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Abstract

Objectives. Develop and implement a pharmacy course explaining basic lifestyle modification components and assess changes in student knowledge, skills, beliefs, and confidence after completing the course. Design. A 2-credit hour elective course was offered to pharmacy students in which basic lifestyle modification components were applied to case-based patients with hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity, and metabolic syndrome in the pharmacy practice setting through comprehensive wellness programs. Knowledge, skills, beliefs, and confidence assessments were embedded into the course. Assessment. There were significant improvements in students' skills and confidence, and in most knowledge areas, but not in their beliefs regarding health behaviors. Conclusion. Implementing an elective course on lifestyle modifications is an effective means of teaching students about wellness and disease prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number92
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume71
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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