A novel behaviour change learning activity for pharmacy undergraduate students
Taylor and Francis
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Objectives: To engage students in a ‘behaviour change’ learning activity, applying health psychology theory to pharmacy practice in order to help students appreciate the challenges of behaviour change. Methods: Year 2 pharmacy students selected one behaviour to change and kept a diary for one-week before making changes. Students then received a health psychology lecture on behaviour change models. They instigated their behaviour change and continued to document this in the diary over a further one-week. Diaries were collected after the two-week activity for thematic analysis. Results: Of the 99 students, 61 (62%) submitted their completed diary, of whom 55 (90%) successfully implemented their behaviour change. These were categorised into four areas: diet, exercise, liquid consumption, and other. The remaining 10% provided reasons for not changing. Ten students (16%) described their behaviour using a psychological theory. Conclusions: Students engaged well with this novel learning activity, indicated by a high percentage diary completion. They demonstrated a clear appreciation of behaviour change within a real life context and its perceived relevance to pharmacy practice.
James, D., Yemm, R. and Deslandes, R. (2018) 'A novel behaviour change learning activity for pharmacy undergraduate students', Pharmacy Education, 18.
Article published in Pharmacy Education in December 2018.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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