Project methodology

Project methodology

Thanks to our successes (and early failures!), we now have a rigorous, world-first and peer reviewed process for identifying the core concepts of pharmacology education (Figure 1).

  • This novel, stage-wise method combined empirical approaches to produce a candidate list
    • Data mining of key pharmacology texts plus survey of over 200 pharmacology educators
  •  An international expert group then worked in three rigorous rounds of Delphi method to finalise the list of core concepts, using validated criteria
Figure 1: The staged process that is being used to identify the Core Concepts of Pharmacology Education Project.

This methodology was developed during pilot studies involving more than 50 pharmacology educators from Australia and New Zealand and is published in two Pharmacology Research & Perspectives articles.1,2

We completed these phases in April 2022, and are currently writing up the outcomes for publication.

Pharmacology educators in a Core Concepts of Pharmacology virtual workshop.

A list of concepts alone won’t meet our needs. So, we will create the following valuable resources…

We have recently finalised the list of Core Concepts of Pharmacology Education. The project will now commence the development of educator resources to help students learn the core concepts and the concept inventory that will test attainment of the concepts.

Figure 2: The steps involved in the development of resources for educators and of the concept inventory.
  1. Santiago, M, Davis, EA, Hinton, T, et al. Defining and unpacking the core concepts of pharmacology education. Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2021; 9:e00894.
  2. White, PJ, Davis, EA, Santiago, M, et al. Identifying the core concepts of pharmacology education. Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2021; 9: e00836.

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