A thematic analysis of pharmacy students' experiences of the undergraduate pharmacy degree in Ireland and the role of mindfulness

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dc.contributor.author O'Driscoll, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Byrne, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Kelly, Maria
dc.contributor.author Lambert, Sharon
dc.contributor.author Sahm, Laura J.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-25T11:04:07Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-25T11:04:07Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation O'Driscoll, M., Byrne, S., Kelly, M., Lambert, S. and Sahm, L. J. (2019) 'A thematic analysis of pharmacy students' experiences of the undergraduate pharmacy degree in Ireland and the role of mindfulness', American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 83(1), 6457, pp. 73-82. doi: 10.5688/ajpe6457 en
dc.identifier.volume 83 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 73 en
dc.identifier.endpage 82 en
dc.identifier.issn 0002-9459
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7800
dc.identifier.doi 10.5688/ajpe6457 en
dc.description.abstract Objective: To determine pharmacy students' experiences of stress as part of the current pharmacy degree, and to explore the potential of incorporating the principles of mindfulness into course work in the undergraduate degree. Methods: Undergraduate pharmacy students from the five pharmacy schools in Ireland were invited to participate in focus groups between February and November 2016. Recruitment occurred via emails sent by a school's academic or administrative member. Focus groups were audio recorded, anonymized and transcribed by the corresponding author. Transcripts were analyzed using the Braun and Clarke method of thematic analysis and coded. Results: Twenty pharmacy students (60% female) representing all years of study from three of the five pharmacy schools participated across five focus groups. The five key themes that emerged were: so much to do, so little time; the role of lecturers; we are smart people, we want to do well; learning by doing; and mindfulness as a coping tool. Conclusion: The findings of this study support the hypothesis that students experience stress and would welcome mindfulness-based interventions as a management option in the degree. Specifically, the emphasis that mindfulness places on experiential learning would be well-received by students. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) en
dc.relation.uri https://www.ajpe.org/doi/10.5688/ajpe6457
dc.rights © 2019, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Pharmacy en
dc.subject Stress en
dc.subject Student en
dc.subject Mindfulness en
dc.subject Undergraduate en
dc.title A thematic analysis of pharmacy students' experiences of the undergraduate pharmacy degree in Ireland and the role of mindfulness en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Laura J. Sahm, School Of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: l.sahm@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2019-04-16T08:31:17Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 481271385
dc.internal.pmid 30894762
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress l.sahm@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 6457 en
dc.identifier.eissn 1553-6467


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