Stimuli-responsive survey of HPS to detect learning attitudes and needs of Greek pharmacists towards CPD

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine pharmacists' attitudes, behaviorisms, and preferences towards continuous professional development (CPD) in Greece. The Hellenic Pharmaceutical Society (HPS) in Greece developed a questionnaire that was available online for the Greek pharmacists from all working fields to fill out. All responses were included in the data collection and survey results were compiled into Excel software spreadsheets for analysis. Pharmacists in Greece seemto understand the need of CPD in their profession and are willing to undertake courses to enhance CPD opportunities: all of the respondents agreed on the need to strengthen their knowledge and 57% of them indicated that they would be willing to participate in a complete program of high level interactive training that leads to certification after suitable examinations and, 31% were willing to participate in interactive training and 12% were willing to participate in a basic training. Almost half of the respondents were willing to spendmore than 8 hours permonth on their continuing education indicating that Greek pharmacists are willing to adopt a complete CE system. This study provides and assesses important baseline data on pharmacists and CPD in Greece to provide guidance to future efforts towards development of a CPD program.

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