Design and evaluation of a self-care educational activity as a student learning experience

Jeanne E. Frenzel, Elizabeth T. Skoy, Heidi N. Eukel

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Objective. To design an educational activity and evaluate its effectiveness on increasing third-year pharmacy students' knowledge and confidence to recommend self-care products to patients. Design. Faculty members created a self-care activity, the Amazing Self-Care Race, for educational use in a pharmaceutical care laboratory course. Student teams worked competitively to complete 15 stations focused on self-care. A complex, real-world case was presented at each station. Student recommendations were presented to a facilitator. Prior to and following the activity, students were invited to complete an online anonymous survey instrument. Assessment. Eighty-six students completed presurvey and postsurvey instruments to assess their knowledge and perceived confidence to recommend a self-care product to a patient prior to and following participation in the Amazing Self-Care Race. Students demonstrated a significant increase in their ability and confidence to recommend self-care products following the activity (p<0.001). Conclusion. The Amazing Self-Care Race is an effective educational activity that increases student knowledge and confidence in self-care therapeutics. The activity helped students to develop self-care skills, enabled them to learn through doing, encouraged them to synthesize information while making self-care recommendations, and helped them to develop confidence by thinking on their feet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number12
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Nonprescription
  • Pharmaceutical care laboratory
  • Self-care recommendations
  • Self-care skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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