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Table 6 A comparison of course content by lecture theme across degree programs, depicted as frequency of lecture themes taught (percentage) across degree programs

From: An evaluation of pharmacology curricula in Australian science and health-related degree programs

Lecture theme in rank* order Mean (%) Science (n = 59) (%) Pharmacy (n = 41) (%) Nursing (n = 24) (%) Medicine (n = 27) (%)
Analgesia/ Anaesthesia/ Anti- inflammatories 53 ± 10 51 42 67 52
Pharmacokinetics 51± 10 58 37 58 52
Pharmacodynamics 50 ± 16 63 27 58 52
Neuropharmacology 45 ± 2 47 42 46 44
Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs 42 ± 10 37 32 54 44
Chemotherapy 39 ± 17 31 20 58 48
Metabolic / Endocrine/ Genital Drugs 39 ± 10 41 32 33 41
Xenobiotic Metabolism and Toxicology 37 ± 5 36 27 50 41
Drugs of Abuse 34 ± 9 34 22 42 37
Respiratory Drugs 32 ± 6 31 24 38 33
Drug Design and Development 32 ± 17 56 24 21 26
Miscellaneous 28 ± 9 24 24 21 41
Gastrointestinal Drugs 22 ± 9 15 15 33 26
Complementary Medicines 22 ± 2 20 22 25 22
Musculoskeletal Drugs 19 ± 7 14 24 13 26
Future Therapies 13 ± 13 10 10 0 30
  1. Error in the "Mean" column represents the standard deviation. Courses were evaluated for the presence or absence of material taught covering each theme. An individual course might cover some, all or none of the identified themes and therefore, a stand-alone pharmacology course might be expected to be represented in each percentage whereas an integrated course might be represented only in a single percentage within a degree program.
  2. *Ranking is based on the mean frequency of lecture themes taught (percentage) across degree programs from highest to lowest.
  3. n = number of courses surveyed.