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Does an online oral anti-cancer education program targeted at community pharmacists improve their kn

Authors

E Wales

Aims

To evaluate the impact of a tailored online oral anti-cancer education package on the knowledge and confidence of community pharmacists required to dispense oral anti-cancer agents.

Method

The education program used clinical scenarios to focus on the indication, dosing and counselling points of PBS listed oral anti-cancer medications, based on the previous focus group results. Participants completed a series of pre- and post-intervention survey questions. Each comprised a knowledge based component and participates were also asked to rate their confidence in the answer’s correctness based on Charles Mitchell’s method.

Results

Click he Preliminary analysis has been conducted on 20 completed education programs. Most participants reported having 2 to 5 years of pharmacy experience (n=10). 95% reported not having received adequate oncology education at the undergraduate level (n=19), but only 40% attended oncology continuing education in the last two years (n=8). Of the pre-intervention knowledge based questions an average of 57% were answered correctly (range 25-85%), while all participants achieved the minimum required 80% correct answers in the post-assessment survey. Pre-intervention when asked ‘how certain are you’ the most commonly reported answer was ‘No idea; it’s a guess’ (58%, 232/400), yet post-intervention it was ‘Moderately’ certain (55%, 55/100). re to enter text.

Implications

With a substantial number of oral anti-cancer medications available on the PBS, this research suggests that targeted education improves is community pharmacists’ knowledge and confidence in dispensing oral anti-cancer medications and is an essential means of doing so.