A call to action to change the communication skills curriculum for pharmacy undergraduates in Turkey: A comparison with the United Kingdom

GÜLPINAR G., Anderson C., Mann C.

Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, vol.13, no.4, pp.313-317, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cptl.2020.11.016
  • Journal Name: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.313-317
  • Keywords: Communication skills training, Integrated curriculum, Pharmacy education, Community pharmacy, COMMUNITY PHARMACY, EDUCATION, CARE, MANAGEMENT, HEALTH
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Introduction: Globally, pharmacy undergraduate programs are evolving to reflect a more patient centered approach to clinical practice. The importance of teaching communication skills in any undergraduate pharmacy curriculum cannot be overstated. This article compares current literature and practices related to pharmacy services and communication skills training (CST) in pharmacy undergraduate education in the United Kingdom (UK) and Turkey and discusses the need for an urgent change in the CST curriculum in Turkey. Additionally, the article provides potential strategies for improving the quality of CST and for expanding pharmacy practice to ensure students and graduates are motivated to use communication skills.