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Educación Médica

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VALLANO, A.; AGUILERA, C.  and  FIGUERAS, A.. Teaching on the commercial drug information and medical students opinion. Educ. méd. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.2, pp.97-104. ISSN 1575-1813.

Aim. To know the opinion of the students about the teaching activities carried out in a seminar about the interaction of physicians with the drug information sources from pharmaceutical companies. Subjects and methods. A survey was carried out to know the opinions from third year medical students after a seminar about drug information sources. The seminar included a video showing an encounter between a physician and a pharmaceutical company representative and further critical discussion of this interaction as well as other sources from pharmaceutical companies (drug commercial catalogue and advertisements). The information was gathered by means of a questionnaire that included variables related to the students" opinions about the interest, the satisfaction and utility on knowledge and skills acquired in seminar by means of a ten points Likert scale. Results. A total of 107 students attended the seminars and 101 (94%) participated in the survey. The mean age of students was 21 (standard desviation -SD-: 2.2) years and 75 were women (74%). The mean score of interest in the seminar was 7.4 (SD: 1.5), the mean score of satisfaction was 7.5 (SD: 1.6) and the mean score of utility was 7.6 (SD: 1.6). Conclusion. Medical students are interested in this teaching activity on commercial drug information, they are satisfied with the activity, and they consider it to be useful. It is necessary to educate the students of medicine for the interaction with the marketing activities from pharmaceutical companies.

Keywords : Attitude of health personal; Drug industry; Education; Medical; Students; Undergraduate.

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