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Survey Isn't Junk Mail, It Could Be Your Future

Magazine article Drug Topics

Survey Isn't Junk Mail, It Could Be Your Future

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If you receive a survey asking all kinds of questions about what you do on the job, don't just toss it in the junk-mail pile; it's part of a national project that will have an impact on the way you practice pharmacy.

The Scope of Pharmacy Practice Project mailed questionnaires to 5,000 pharmacists and 2,000 pharmacy technicians around the country last month. The results of the survey will be used in a task analysis to codify just what it is that R.Ph.s and techs do all day on the job. It will also assess the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out those workplace functions in various settings.

"The survey is an exciting opportunity for pharmacists, as individuals, to make a difference because the information they're providing will have so many implications for the profession," said Melissa Murer, project manager. "The higher our response rate, the better handle we will have on what's really going on."

The 24-month study will yield data that will shape pharmacy practice in various ways. For instance, the results could lead to development of continuing-education and self-assessment programs to help pharmacists stay at the top of their game. The study could also help the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy run a reality check on NABPLEX to be sure the exam is asking the right questions. And pharmacy colleges will use the information to modify current curricula or develop new programs that prepare students for the reality of what they will be expected to know and do on the job. …

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