Implementing Educating Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists to Improve Quality (EPIQ) at a New School of Pharmacy

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Objectives: To assess student perceptions of learning outcomes of “Educating Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists to Improve Quality” (EPIQ), a complimentary, “turn-key” program developed by academic pharmacy faculty with funding from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance.

Method: After receiving training in EPIQ at the 2009 AACP Annual Meeting, the instructor proposed that 4 of 5 EPIQ modules be added to our PharmD program as part of a required course. EPIQ was delivered to P3 students (N=63) and P2 students (N=73) in 2009-2010. EPIQ includes a student survey to assess student perceptions of learning at the end of the program. This survey was used to collect data about perceived learning outcomes. Descriptive statistics were used to present results.

Results: Students reported better quality improvement skills and knowledge on a variety of survey items, but rated as “fair” to “good” their ability and motivation to pursue quality improvement. Use of The Healthcare Quality Book was associated with better student ratings of the expected usefulness of EPIQ training in pharmacy practice.

Implications: In addition to EPIQ's post-course student survey, instructors may wish to collect baseline student perceptions of knowledge, attitudes and abilities. Similarly, the EPIQ assessment may benefit from the addition of embedded assessment using student outcomes beyond perceptions.



Presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) annual meeting in Austin, Texas, in July 2011.

Abstract published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 2011; 75 (5) Article 105:

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