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Different development of general beliefs about medicines during undergraduate studies in medicine, nursing and pharmacy
Dept. of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8256-4437
Dept. of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 75, no 2, p. 283-289Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 Objective: To analyze differences in general beliefs about medicines between healthcare students and to see if health education was of importance to general beliefs about medicines.

Method: The participants were students of medicine, pharmacy, pharmaceutical bioscience, dispensing pharmacy, nursing and economics (comparison group) at the University of Gothenburg. Data were collected twice in 2003 and 2005. A questionnaire was used comprising background questions and the general part of Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire.

Results: The questionnaire was completed by 460 of 642 (71.7%) first-year and 293 of 398 (73.6%) thirdyear students. Over 70% were women and two-thirds were under 25 years of age. Medical and pharmacy students saw medicines as less harmful than nursing students did. Stage of education was also important: third-yearmedical and pharmacy students saw medicines as more beneficial and less harmful than firstyear students did. Experience of medicine use was relevant to general beliefs about medicines.

Conclusion: Different beliefs exist between healthcare professions owing to different types and stages of education, which could result in different messages being given to the patient.

Practice implications: It is important to educate future healthcare professionals about the potential effect  of beliefs on communication.

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Elsevier , 2009. Vol. 75, no 2, p. 283-289
Keywords [en]
Healthcare education, University students, General beliefs about medicines, BMQ, Sweden
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Social and Clinical Pharmacy Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-5154DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2008.10.012ISI: 000265471500023Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-63049095605OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-5154DiVA, id: diva2:160034
Available from: 2009-02-11 Created: 2009-02-11 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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