257327 Student pharmacist immunization education and impact on adolescent and adult immunization

Monday, October 29, 2012

Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD/MPHc 2014 , College of Pharmacy, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA
David Lash, MPH, PharmDc 2014 , College of Pharmacy, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA
Julie Quach, PharmD/MPHc 2014 , College of Pharmacy, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA
Layla Yousify, PharmD , College of Pharmacy, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA
Tony Chou, PharmD, BCPP , College of Pharmacy, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA
Background: Several studies suggest that the distribution of written vaccination information is largely ineffective in changing attitudes and increasing knowledge in patients, while direct patient counseling and media productions are shown to be effective. The role of student pharmacists in educating patients on immunizations has not been clearly established. This study aims to describe the impact of a verbal educational intervention about vaccines given by student pharmacists on patient knowledge and attitudes toward future immunization as well as elucidating barriers to immunization. Methods: A pre-post survey with an educational intervention on immunization by a student-pharmacist will be employed in this study. Baseline results on immunization knowledge and attitudes from the pre-survey will be compared to the results of the post-survey and analyzed for statistical significance. The study will be conducted at free healthcare and immunization clinics in Vallejo and Berkeley California. Demographic data will be collected and used to describe the study population. Spanish speakers and Spanish-translated surveys are incorporated into the study design. Results: The study population is highly diverse and predominantly of low socioeconomic status. The educational intervention delivered by a student pharmacist has the capacity to significantly improve patient knowledge and positive attitudes toward future immunizations. Conclusion: Providing consultation is a key duty of pharmacists. The results of this study will provide evidence supporting patient education on immunization by student pharmacists, and thus reaffirm the importance of pharmacists' role in primary care and disease prevention.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the study population 2. Identify the value of patient consultation in immunization education 3. Define the pharmacists’ role in immunization education

Keywords: Immunizations, Pharmacists

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator of this study and have conducted research as a co-investigator in research focusing on student and faculty attitudes toward inter-professional education. I'm a public health and pharmacy student at TUC and presentation of research conducted is a valuable experience for me. I'm a first time presenter and have never previously submitted an abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.