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Table 7 A comparison of the number of lecture topics per theme across degree programs

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

Lecture theme (total no. topics per theme) Science (n = 59) (%) Pharmacy (n = 41) (%) Nursing (n = 24) (%) Medicine (n = 27) (%)
Pharmacokinetics (7 topics) 37 ± 4 40 ± 7 29 ± 6 52 ± 9
Analgesia/Anaesthesia/Anti-inflammatories (11 topics) 30 ± 4 41 ± 6 32 ± 6 45 ± 9
Pharmacodynamics (13 topics) 36 ± 4 45 ± 11 26 ± 7 36 ± 9
Neuropharmacology (21 topics) 27 ± 3 31 ± 4 31 ± 5 28 ± 7
Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs (7 topics) 51 ± 6 75 ± 11 54 ± 10 76 ± 10
Chemotherapy (6 topics) 46 ± 6 54 ± 12 45 ± 10 61 ± 10
Xenobiotic Metabolism and Toxicology (11 topics) 31 ± 4 25 ± 6 22 ± 5 34 ± 8
Metabolic/Endocrine/Genital Drugs (11 topics) 23 ± 5 58 ± 9 23 ± 5 35 ± 9
Drugs of Abuse (5 topics) 44 ± 4 40 ± 8 42 ± 7 36 ± 7
Respiratory Drugs (3 topics) 44 ± 5 53 ± 13 48 ± 9 52 ± 8
Drug Design and Development (9 topics) 31 ± 4 24 ± 4 13 ± 5 37 ± 8
Miscellaneous (9 topics including “other”) 10 ± 2 12 ± 2 29 ± 10 26 ± 6
Gastrointestinal Drugs (4 topics) 39 ± 10 75 ± 14 59 ± 11 57 ± 12
Complementary Medicines (4 topics) 44 ± 9 22 ± 4 29 ± 6 67 ± 16
Musculoskeletal drugs (3 topics) 25 ± 8 57 ± 10 22 ± 11 67 ± 16
Future Therapies (2 topics) 58 ± 12 63 ± 18 0 50 ± 6
MEDIAN TOPIC PERCENTAGE 37 43 29 48
  1. Data are expressed as average frequency ± s.e.m. For the courses identified in Table 6 that addressed pharmacology themes, each course was evaluated to identify the topics covered within each theme. A percentage of coverage of each topic was then determined for those courses that addressed the theme. The higher the number, the greater the number of topics covered in a theme. As an example, 58% of courses addressed pharmacokinetics as a theme in Science degree programs (Table 6), the proportion of those courses that addressed the topic of drug metabolism was determined, followed by drug excretion and so forth, then averaged for topics in the theme.
  2. The median percentage coverage across the topics within each theme is also provided for overview.