A Survey of the UK Pharmacy Profession's Educational Needs on Pharmacogenomics

Rollinson, Victoria, French, Neil ORCID: 0000-0002-9376-3482, Turner, Richard ORCID: 0000-0002-7315-679X and Pirmohamed, Munir ORCID: 0000-0002-7534-7266
(2023) A Survey of the UK Pharmacy Profession's Educational Needs on Pharmacogenomics. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PHARMACY AND THERAPEUTICS, 2023. pp. 1-9.

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<jats:p>Objective. The aim of this exploratory study was to ascertain the current educational status of pharmacogenomics (PGx) within the present and future UK pharmacy profession, in addition to ascertaining future educational and infrastructure needs of pharmacists to adopt PGx into practice. Methods. A 35-question survey was sent electronically to practicing pharmacists, preregistration pharmacists, and Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) students throughout the UK between April 2018 and May 2019. Responses were anonymous and analysed using GraphPad Prism 8 and SPSS statistics 26. Results. In total, 264 participants, where data could be used for analysis, responded to the survey. This comprised 196 practicing pharmacists and 68 preregistration pharmacists/MPharm students. The findings demonstrated variation in undergraduate level exposure to PGx between those who had qualified within the past 10 years and those who had qualified over 10 years ago. Over 60% of qualified pharmacists did not feel confident in identifying drugs that require PGx testing. Nearly three quarters of respondents cited that PGx guidelines were needed to help facilitate a PGx service, although 63.6% also stated that they had previously never looked for a PGx recommendation. Most respondents cited PGx as a low or medium learning priority. Conclusion. Our survey suggests that further education is required to prepare the UK pharmacy workforce for the advent of PGx. A focus on the provision of, and education around, PGx guidelines is needed. In addition, the disparity identified between pharmacists at different stages of their career will need to be addressed with tailored and targeted educational packages.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Clinical Directorate
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2023 10:23
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2023 10:24
DOI: 10.1155/2023/2388845
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/2388845
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3173159