Knowledge, attitude and practice of pharmacology teaching among practitioners of Northern India

Author : Sanjay Khanna, Pratap Shankar, Dheeraj Kumar Singh, Preet Lakhani, Sachin Tutu, Rakesh Kumar Dixit

Pharmacology remains one of the most important subjects of medical curriculum and is also regarded as one to be forgotten very easily. This study aims at getting an idea about knowledge attitude and preferences in teaching, various learning methodologies, rational pharamcotherapy and knowledge seeking practice in Pharmacology among our practitioners. It is analytical study. 280 general practitioners of Northern India with an adequate exposure to Pharmacology learning before are being analysed. The response of these practitioners to a questionnaire on various areas of teaching, learning methodology in Pharmacology was analysed under different subtopics and heading like student oriented teaching, learning methodologies, knowledge exploratory behaviour etc., using a software SPSS 17(version). Questions which were not answered were considered as invalid. Results show that majority of the practitioners preferred improved learning methodologies, eg., 90% liked case based discussions, 94% felt integrated teaching more wholesome, and 82.6% felt group discussions are better for allied topics. A change of attitude towards learning pattern has been seen. Knowledge of rationality in drug use is deficient in 22%. Interest to update recent advances in medicine is found in 34.6% only. The study clearly suggested that even our practitioners preferred an interactive session filed with the content of case discussions, and supported MCQs as a better and reliable method of evaluation and also they are of view that the tough chapters be dealt differently possibly by practicals. Practical sessions can be helpful in teaching basic concepts and also about rational pharmacotherapy. Knowledge seeking behaviour needs improvisation by teacher.

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