Student opinion on the teaching of smoking cessation and non-communicable diseases to pharmacy students in ASEAN countries
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Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor's University, Lakeside Campus, Subang Jaya, Malaysia.
Faculty of Pharmacy, Sanata Dharma University, Depok, Indonesia
Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Health Sciences, Vientiane, Laos
Publication date: 2021-09-02
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Phayom S. Olson   

Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahasarakham University, 2202, Kham Riang, Kantharawichai District, 44150 Maha Sarakham , Thailand
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2021;19(Suppl 1):A34
Smoking is a global health concern and smoking cessation program incorporated into pharmacy education will enable future pharmacists to contribute to public health.

This study aimed to evaluate pharmacy students’ opinions of teaching in smoking cessation and chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Its aim was also to analyze relationships between teaching methods and educational outcomes.

The study consisted of an online survey on final year pharmacy students from 19 Faculties of pharmacy/pharmaceutical science of six ASEAN countries. Two online questionnaires were developed: Thai and English. The Thai version was validated (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.958). The Thai version was translated into English.

Of the 370 students included in the study, 275 were from Thailand and 95 were from 3 other countries. Thai students were most highly satisfied with their knowledge on the topics and their skills in using screening tools for smoking cessation and NCDs. Non-Thai students were most satisfied with their knowledge on smoking cessation and their skills in counseling smokers and selecting the right medicine while for NCDs was with their knowledge on the topic and their skills to interpret laboratory results. Attitudes of Thai students were highest in inspiration for smoking cessation and enjoyment in studying NCDs. For non-Thai students was enjoying the topic of smoking cessation and pharmaceutical care. Study outcomes for smoking cessation and NCDs of Thai students were significantly related to teaching methods, assessments and practice but for non-Thai students, study outcomes for smoking cessation were significantly related to teaching methods and practice but not so for the NCDs topics.

Educational outcomes for smoking cessation can be explained by teaching methods, assessments, and practicums for both Thai and ASEAN students. Further research in professional education collaboration among countries should be encouraged.

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