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Pharmacy Education ; 22(3):18, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2226791


Introduction: The Annual Pharmacy Symposium organised by the Department of Pharmacy, University of Malta, Malta, brings together academic staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, collaborators and stakeholders to discuss outcomes of student research projects as oral and poster presentations. The 2021 Pharmacy Symposium was held online for the first time via the Zoom platform due to restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim was to evaluate student perception of the remote modality used. Method(s): A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to students who attended the symposium at the end of the four-day symposium. Students were asked to rate on a five-point Likert scale from 'strongly agree' to 'strongly disagree' with regards to remote environment used and appreciation of the transmission of scientific information in the presentations. Result(s): Out of 370 students who attended the symposium, 19% (n = 72) completed the questionnaire. Forty-four students were female, and the ages of the students ranged from 18 to 51 years. The majority of students (n = 46) were undergraduate students. The majority of students gave positive feedback (scores of 4 or 5) about the symposium: 71 students felt the virtual symposium was well organised, 69 students agreed that the platform used was appropriate, 66 students agreed that the quality of research presented was of a high standard and 57 students agreed that presentations were understandable and stimulating. Fifty-five students felt that the duration of the oral sessions was appropriate, 40 students enjoyed visiting the virtual poster gallery and 38 students found it easy to access the virtual poster gallery. Conclusion(s): The virtual pharmacy research symposium was positively evaluated by students indicating that it is a suitable forum to support students in developing competencies in research dissemination and to appreciate ongoing research by other students.

Pharmacy Education ; 22(1):515-522, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1897358


Background: The fast tracking of the production of COVID-19 vaccines gave rise to aspects of general concern regarding their safety. The vigilance aspect of adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting is a means to build up the science behind the safety aspects. The aim was to develop, validate and apply learning activities for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to educate and support them on ADR reporting. Methods: Two educational webinars were developed, validated, applied and evaluated by pharmacists, medical doctors, dentists and nurses. Results: Evaluation forms about the webinars were completed by 103 out of 132 HCPs (first webinar), and 73 out of 90 HCPs (second webinar). Conclusion: HCPs agreed that the educational webinars made them more aware of the importance of ADR reporting and the webinars helped them overcome barriers to ADR reporting.

Malta Medical Journal ; 34(1):58-68, 2022.
Article in English | GIM | ID: covidwho-1716808


Background: In the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination was identified as being of significant importance to prevent virus spread and to move towards re-introducing normality in everyday life. As the influenza season approached in autumn 2020, the importance of the influenza vaccine was highlighted as a mitigation strategy to limit the consequences and risk of co-infection with the influenza virus and COVID-19. The aim of the study was to evaluate the degree of hesitancy of pharmacists and pharmacy students towards influenza and COVID-19 vaccines in autumn 2020.

Pharmacy Education ; 20(2):290-296, 2020.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1100571


The COVID-19 pandemic, which was globally declared during the first quarter of the year 2020, led to the transition of teaching activities from the traditional classroom setting to online platforms. This study evaluated preparedness and perception towards online learning and its impact among pharmacy academics and students by using two self-administered questionnaires. Fifteen academics and 60 students answered the questionnaire. Participants had the required technology for online learning (academics n = 14, 93%;students n=56, 93%) and believed that the transition to online learning was easy (academics n=12, 80%;students n=41, 68%). Most participants (academics n=12, 80%;students n=46, 77%) stated that online learning allowed more flexibility even though they preferred classroom-based approach. A minority of students stated that the shift to online learning during the pandemic made them feel alone (n=11, 18%), anxious (n=7, 12%) and depressed (n=9, 15%). Given the option, participants would prefer a hybrid learning approach, whereby some teaching activities are switched to online platforms.

Pharmacy Education ; 20(2):33-34, 2020.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1100539


As it spread to pandemic levels, COVID-19 viral infection presented a number of challenges for education, health systems and the wellbeing of society. Evidence-based information on COVID-19 was essential for designing the response to the pandemic. A series of weekly webinars were developed and presented over a 15-week period. An inter-professional panel of experts contributed to the discussions during the webinars. The webinars were planned through a multidimensional approach involving students and practitioners from different healthcare professions encompassing a range of scientific aspects from basic sciences to socio-economic aspects. The evaluations showed the value of the webinars as an e-learning method for inter-professional communication in the discussion and analysis of the scientific evidence and sharing of experiences and data.