• Pre-pharmacy Students' Beliefs About Taking Medications

      Herrier, Richard; Patel, Bhavin; Bohanick, Joseph; College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona (The University of Arizona., 2011)
      OBJECTIVES: To assess the attitudes of future health professionals towards taking medication. METHODS: A beliefs about medications questionnaire (BMQ) was passed out to pre-pharmacy students at a pre- pharmacy club meeting on April 4, 2011. The questionnaire utilized a five-point Likert scale with 1 being strongly disagree and 5 strongly agree. The collected data was used to compare with the BMQ scores from the general public available in the Horne et.al. study. RESULTS: Pre-pharmacy students had significantly less agreement with negative statements (mean and SD, 2.43 ± 0.65) than the lay public (mean and SD, 3.75 ± 0.29) (p = 0.029). CONCLUSION: We found that pre-pharmacy students tended to view medication use more positively than the general public. However, more surveys were needed in order to confirm these results. Overall we found a significant difference between attitudes held by pre-pharmacy students towards medication use and attitudes held by the lay public.