Online training helps pharmacists in kidney disease

chronic kidney disease

A web-based training program has enhanced pharmacists’ ability to help identify chronic kidney disease, a study has found.

A web-based training program to support chronic kidney disease screening by community pharmacists, published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, investigated the impact of a web-based training program on community pharmacists’ knowledge and skills associated with chronic kidney disease screening.

Community pharmacists’ role in screening for several chronic diseases has already been widely explored, the authors point out; meanwhile, chronic kidney disease carries a significant global health burden.

The progression of chronic kidney diseases and its adverse outcomes  can be prevented or delayed by detecting and treating the disease in its initial stages, however.

A web-based training program, developed by four pharmacists and a nephrologist, was developed with an aim of enhancing the knowledge and skills pharmacists require to effectively screen for the disease in community pharmacy.

Users’ satisfaction with the program was also evaluated as positive.

Quantitative data was collected by employing a self-administered web-based questionnaire, made up of a set of five multiple choice knowledge questions and a clinical vignette to assess skills. A nine-item Likert scale was used to determine the pharmacists’ satisfaction with the program.

Fifty pharmacists participated in the pre-questionnaire and 38 completed the training and post-questionnaire.

The authors found significant differences in the knowledge scores and skills scores at pre- and post-training.

“The web-based training program positively enhanced pharmacists’ knowledge and skills associated with chronic kidney disease screening,” the authors found.

“These findings support further development and widespread implementation of the training program to facilitate health promotion and early identification of chronic kidney disease in a community setting.”

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