First-year student pharmacists’ spirituality and perceptions regarding the role of spirituality in pharmacy education

Bobby Jacob, Annesha White, Angela Shogbon

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Abstract

Objective: To measure student pharmacists’ spirituality utilizing validated survey instruments and to determine perceptions regarding the anticipated role of spirituality in academic course work and professional practice. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, descriptive study. The survey was offered to all first-year student pharmacists during the first week of the fall semester (2012-2015). Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze data. Results: A total of 580 students (98%) participated. The majority of students reported having each of the spiritual experiences on most days of the week or more frequently (58% to 89% based on individual item). Furthermore, 57% of students anticipate that matters of spirituality would be significant components of academic course work and 75% anticipate they would be incorporated into eventual professional practice settings. These perceptions were positively correlated to measures of spirituality and religiosity. Conclusion: These findings suggest that faculty should evaluate current and future incorporation of topics related to spirituality and health in pharmacy curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Volume81
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Religiosity
  • Spirituality
  • Student pharmacist

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In: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 81, No. 6, 108, 01.01.2017.

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