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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 204-209

Pharmacy student's practice surrounding health issues of their family: A cross-sectional survey

Department ofPharmacy Practice, JSS College of Pharmacy, Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Tamilnadu, JSS University, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Ponnusankar Sivasankaran
Department of Pharmacy Practice, JSS College of Pharmacy, PB No: 20, Rocklands, Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Tamilnadu, JSS University, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.IJHAS_45_17

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INTRODUCTION: Globally, pharmacists play an important role in health-care system. The academic knowledge and the clinical skills that pharmacy student undertakes can be used to improve patient care and the medication use, especially in chronic conditions. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to find out the extent of pharmacy students' involvement in addressing the medical related issues in their own family. METHODS: Students' extent and involvement in Addressing their Family member Medical Condition Questionnaire (SAFMCQ) was developed and validated. Pretest, pilot-tests and test-retest were performed with samples of 34, 108 and 34 respectively. SAFMCQ was used to collect responses from selected students of pharmacy colleges in South India. RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS: From the study, we found that M.Pharm Pharmacy Practice students are involved more in attending family member health issues. We observed mixed responses from the PharmD and poor practice among B.Pharm students. CONCLUSION: In general, staying away from family members and not being familiar with their health status are the reasons for pharmacy students' inadequate practice in addressing the health issues of their family members. We conclude that pharmacy students in India can improve their interest and practice surrounding the health of the family members.

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