Assessment of continuing professional development activities among pharmacists in Nigeria

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Daniel-Ebune, E.O.
Joda, A.E.
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West African Journal of Pharmacy
Background: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) was developed as formal lifelong learning systems with the aim of updating the knowledge and skills of professionals to meet continual challenge of maintaining competency in practice as professionals. No pharmacy school program can provide all the knowledge, skills and abilities that will be required during one's career as a pharmacist, therefore, the need for pharmacists to engage in CPD. Objectives: The main objectives of this study were to document the CPD activities that pharmacists engage in, find out the reasons for engaging in such activities and determine their satisfaction or otherwise with the activities. Methods: The research was conducted using pre-tested, semi-structured questionnaire, self-administered to pharmacists who have participated in at least one module of the PCN-MCPD program. Descriptive analysis was carried out using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Results: The results showed that 63.4% of respondents participated in other CPD activities apart from the PCN-MCPD program. Sixty-four percent attend PSN Conferences, 43% attend workplace organized trainings while 41% attend both the PSN Technical Group Conferences and Healthcare related trainings. Furthermore, 69% of the respondents were satisfied with their CPD activities while 35.4% were satisfied with the PCN-MCPD program. Conclusion: Pharmacists participate in CPD activities. However, they are more satisfied with the other CPD activities that they engage in than the PCN-MCPD programme. The PCN-MCPD programme should be restructured to recognize the other CPD activities that pharmacists engage in.
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) , Pharmacists , Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) , Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) , Learning , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::PHARMACY
Daniel-Ebune, E.O. and Joda, A.E. (2017). Assessment of continuing professional development activities among pharmacists in Nigeria. West African Journal of Pharmacy. 28(1):119-128