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On the pedagogy of pharmacological communication: a study of final semester health science students
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2764-3095
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2015 (English)In: BMC Medical Education, ISSN 1472-6920, E-ISSN 1472-6920, Vol. 15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: There is a need to improve design in educational programmes for the health sciences in general and in pharmacology specifically. The objective of this study was to investigate and problematize pharmacological communication in educational programmes for the health sciences. Methods: An interview study was carried out where final semester students from programmes for the medical, nursing and specialist nursing in primary health care professions were asked to discuss the pharmacological aspects of two written case descriptions of the kind they would meet in their everyday work. The study focused on the communication they envisaged taking place on the concerns the patients were voicing, in terms of two features: how communication would take place and what would be the content of the communication. A phenomenographic research approach was used. Results: The results are presented as outcome spaces, sets of categories that describe the variation of ways in which the students voiced their understanding of communication in the two case descriptions and showed the qualitatively distinct ways in which the features of communication were experienced. Conclusions: The results offer a base of understanding the students perspectives on communication that they will take with them into their professional lives. We indicate that there is room for strengthening communication skills in the field of pharmacology, integrating them into programmes of education, by more widely implementing a problem-based, a case-oriented or role-playing pedagogy where final year students work across specialisations and there is a deliberate effort to evoke and assess advanced conceptions and skills.

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BIOMED CENTRAL LTD , 2015. Vol. 15
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Pharmacology; Education; Communication; Phenomenography; Case description
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Clinical Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122654DOI: 10.1186/s12909-015-0467-2ISI: 000363449600003PubMedID: 26502921OAI: diva2:871729

Funding Agencies|Department of Pedagogical; County Council Ostergotland [LIO-198671]; Mellon Foundation at the Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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