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Pages: 10-18

Date of Publication: 06-Apr-2020

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Pharmacy students’ perceptions and experiences of the Community Health and Development Program—Interprofessional education in the University of the Philippines Manila

Author: Mac Ardy J. Gloria, Kristine Eves S. Garcia, Margarita M. Gutierrez, Shiela May J. Nacabu-an, Roderick L. Salenga, Monet M. Loquias

Category: Pharmacy


Due to increasingly complex health issues, interprofessional education (IPE) has been advocated globally. Despite the multi-faceted benefits of IPE, there has been limited, reported experiences on it among health educational institutions in the Philippines, including pharmacy schools. The University of the Philippines (UP) Manila instituted the Community Health and Development Program (CHDP) to provide learning and practice opportunities for its students and faculty while promoting public health to partner communities through its IPE initiative. In line with this, the UP College of Pharmacy (CP) has deployed students under CHDP since 2014. This cross-sectional study aimed to: (1) describe the experiences of fifth-year, graduating pharmacy students who participated in CHDP; (2) describe their outcomes of participation; and (3) compare perceptions on IPE across different batches of students who participated in the CHDP. Pre- and post-deployment surveys, which consisted of two parts, were administered. The first part was based on an Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale, while the second part was composed of open-ended questions on students’
perceptions and other concerns on CHDP-IPE. A 100% response rate (n = 46) was recorded and analyzed using frequency statistics and hypothesis testing with non-normal distribution. Thematic analysis was done to describe their experiences, concerns and outcomes of participation in the CHDP-IPE. The analysis showed that the students developed increased positive perception on professional competency and autonomy, perceived needs for professional cooperation, perceived actual cooperation, and understanding the importance of other professions. Results suggest the continuation of CHDP-IPE with modifications address perceived challenges and issues throughout the years of implementing the program.

Keywords: interprofessional education, community health development program, pharmacy, public health