Educational Initiatives for Medical and Pharmacy Students about Drug Promotion: An International Cross-Sectional Survey - EDM Research Series No. 036
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Close this folderHow is education on drug promotion included within the curriculum?
View the documentAmount of education
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View the documentRegulation and ethics of drug promotion
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View the documentAppendix 1: Sample questionnaire
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How is education on drug promotion included within the curriculum?

Nearly three-quarters of respondents reported that education about drug promotion is part of the required curriculum at their institution, and over half reported more than one type of course on promotion, for example both inclusion within the required curriculum and within an elective or specialty/residency training. (Table 2) As noted in Table 2a, inclusion in most cases within the required curriculum was the norm rather than the exception across different regions. However these findings cannot be confidently generalized to non-respondents because institutions which do not provide education about drug promotion may have tended not to respond to our questionnaire.

Table 2: Educational activities*

 

Pharmacy
n=91

Medical
n=137

Combined
n=228

Part of the required curriculum

64 (70%)

101 (74%)

165 (72%)

Included within an elective course

29 (32%)

32 (23%)

61 (27%)

Within specialty/residency training

21 (23%)

38 (28%)

59 (26%)

In other ways

44 (48%)

63 (46%)

107 (47%)

How many types of courses were listed?

     

One

37 (41%)

71 (52%)

108 (47%)

Two

42 (46%)

38 (28%)

80 (35%)

Three or four

12 (13%)

28 (20%)

40 (18%)

 

*Note: for list of names of courses and types of specialties, see page 44


Table 2a: Educational activities by region

 

Europe
(n=92)

Americas
(n=56)

W Pacific
(n=31)

Africa
(n=20)

SE Asia
(n=20)

E Mediterr
(n=9)

Part of required curriculum

69 (75%)

36 (64%)

25 (81%)

17 (85%)

13 (65%)

5 (56%)

In elective course

26 (28%)

21 (38%)

5 (16%)

2 (10%)

4 (20%)

3 (33%)

Specialty/residency training

25 (27%)

14 (25%)

4 (13%)

6 (30%)

6 (30%)

4 (44%)

In other ways

37 (40%)

32 (57%)

13 (42%)

10 (50%)

12 (60%)

3 (33%)

How many types of courses were listed?

One

45 (49%)

22 (39%)

19 (61%)

8 (40%)

10 (50%)

4 (44%)

Two

32 (35%)

22 (39%)

8 (26%)

9 (45%)

5 (25%)

4 (44%)

Three or four

15 (16%)

12 (21%)

4 (13%)

3 (15%)

5 (25%)

1 (11%)

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