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Dalton, L, Bull, R, Taylor, Susan, Galbraith, K, Marriott, J and Howarth, H 2007 , 'Evaluation of the national pharmacy preceptor education program' , Australian Journal of Rural Health, vol. 15, no. 3 , pp. 159-165 , doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2007.00878.x.

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Objective: The process evaluation findings and key
issues from a trial of the effectiveness and national applicability
of a national online educational curriculum for
pharmacist preceptors are presented.
Design: A multi-method triangulated research design
was used to elicit qualitative and quantitative data preceptors.
The data collection method involved an anonymous
questionnaire with both quantitative components
and open-ended qualitative responses.
Setting: An online education program for preceptors of
Australian pharmacy students in rural areas.
Participants: Rural pharmacists in the three states were
invited to trial the package and participate in the associated
research/evaluation project.
Main outcome measures: The Australian Pharmacy
Preceptor Education (APPE) program is an important
and valuable educational tool for the professional development
of pharmacists. It contained pertinent information
and appropriate activities, and the delivery strategy
was well accepted. The evaluation findings support a
national implementation.
Results: Program strengths include the ease of access,
self-directed learning and the interactive nature emphasising
the benefit of sharing ideas and feedback. Potential
program limitations include technical delays and
unclear instructions for undertaking the program.
Conclusion: The online APPE program is a flexible
delivery strategy which has the potential to dramatically
improve the skills and knowledge of pharmacists acting
as preceptors and, thereby, impact on the learning provided
in rural hospitals and community pharmacies for
undergraduate students and new graduates alike.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dalton, L and Bull, R and Taylor, Susan and Galbraith, K and Marriott, J and Howarth, H
Keywords: education, pharmacy, preceptor, rural.
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Rural Health
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1038-5282
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2007.00878.x
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