Marmara Pharmaceutical Journal 2014 , Vol 18 , Issue 1
Pharmacoeconomics education and the knowledge levels of pharmacy students a in schools of pharmacy
Nazli SENCAN1, Mehtap KURT2, Cigdem KASPAR3, Albert WERTHEİMER4
1Yeditepe University Faculty of Pharmacy, Pharmacy management and Social Pharmacy, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Yeditepe Üniversitesi Eczacılık Fakültesi Farmakoekonomi ve Farmakoepidemiyoloji Araştırmaları Merkezi (PEPIRC), İstanbul, Türkiye
3Yeditepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıp Bilişimi Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
4Temple University, Health Economics and Outcome Research Center, Philadelphia, ABD
DOI : 10.12991/201414120 PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to review the pharmacoeconomics education in the schools of pharmacy and to determine the knowledge levels of students on pharmacoeconomics. The study aims to reveal the place of pharmacoeconomics subject in pharmacy education programs and the compare the importance and the status of the subject in Turkey.

METHOD: In this study, relating with the purpose, survey method has been used to determine knowledge levels of 4th and 5th grade students in scools of pharmacy, in Istanbul and Ankara, on pharmacoeconomics. The survey questions have been prepared by the researchers.

RESULTS: It is understood that pharmacoeconomics cource is currently been offered in two faculties" curriculum, and it is being planned to include it in other schools" curriculum, too. When the results of the surveys are assessed, it has been observed that the students of the faculties, whose educational curriculum includes pharmacoeconomics, has more knowledge on the subject. It has also been found that 78% of the students, are willing to have education on pharmacoeconomics.

CONCLUSION: 970 students, from five schools of pharmacy, have participated in the survey. It is necessary to add the pharmacoeconomics education into the curriculums. It should be considered that in Turkey, pharmacoeconomics knowledge needs to be included in the curriculum of undergraduate, graduate and post- graduate programs in order to increase the number of educated experts in this area. Keywords : Pharmacoeconomics, Health economics, Education, Pharmacy, Pharmacy education