Pharmacy Practice Faculty Presentations

Impact of Awareness and Education of Free NLM Databases in Community Pharmacy Preceptors

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Event Date



American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Conference


San Antonio, TX


Objectives: To evaluate the impact of increasing awareness of NLM databases on community pharmacy preceptors through training and education

Method: Community pharmacy preceptors have a duty to provide exemplary instruction to student pharmacists. Available drug and health information must be identified and consulted to accomplish this task. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides free, comprehensive databases on many topics including drug information, household hazards, toxicology, chemistry, and genetic information. These databases may not be covered in the didactic portion of the curriculum but can serve to reinforce student pharmacists' learning and provide additional resources for their future practice. Community pharmacists may be unaware of these resources, and education can enhance their knowledge, and in turn student pharmacists' knowledge. Thorough research was conducted from inception to December 2010 via PubMed, IPA and reputable internet sites with limited results. Education about these resources will allow community pharmacists to better reinforce student pharmacists' learning. Community pharmacists will be surveyed about their perceptions and awareness of the databases. Training modules will be developed and delivered to the pharmacists. Assessment of impact on their knowledge will be conducted after the training. Details of this assessment will be discussed at the conference.

Results: Data collection and analysis are in progress and will be presented at the AACP Annual Meeting.

Implications: This study will increase community pharmacy preceptors' awareness of NLM databases in order to benefit student pharmacists in their practice. The investigators plan to use this data to encourage community pharmacy preceptors to access these databases.


National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases, pharmacy preceptors, education, training