Roles and educational effects of clinical case studies in home medical care

Tomoji Ohsawa, Takao Shimazoe

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Due to the progression of aging in Japan, pharmacists need to participate in home medical care. To enable pharmacists with no previous experience to participate in home medical care of patients with various diseases in the home environment, it is necessary to adopt an approach of training them in advance. It is thought useful for such clinical training to include patient case studies, which may facilitate the training of pharmacists for home medical care through simulated experience. “The working group to create home clinical cases for education” was launched by a group of university faculty, who have educational knowledge, and trained pharmacists who work with the patients at home. The home care cases were compiled by the university faculty members and the home care practice pharmacists. Working pharmacists and students at pharmaceutical college studied the same case studies of home medical care, and their self-evaluations were compared. They showed that the students rated themselves higher than the pharmacists. One of the reasons was the systematic education of the case studies. The clinical case studies are a good educational tool to promote home care medicine in pharmacies and university pharmaceutical colleges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-956
Number of pages10
JournalYakugaku Zasshi
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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