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Table 1 Demographic and educational characteristics of the fifth-year pharmacy students participating in communication skills training (n = 60)

From: The influence of a patient counseling training session on pharmacy students’ self-perceived communication skills, confidence levels, and attitudes about communication skills training

Characteristic n (%)
Gender
 Female 60 (100)
Age, years (range 22–32), mean ± SD 24.18 ± 1.90
 22–24 42 (70.0)
 25–27 15 (25.0)
 28–30 2 (3.3)
 31 or older 1 (1.7)
Students’ self-rating of communication skills
 Very poor 6 (10.0)
 Poor 18 (30.0)
 Fair 28 (46.7)
 Good 8 (13.3)
 Very good 0 (0.0)
Students’ assessment that their communication skills require improvementa
 Agree 11 (18.3)
 Strongly agree 49 (81.7)
Communication skills course is needed in a pharmacy curriculumb
 Neutral 2 (3.3)
 Agree 22 (36.7)
 Strongly agree 36 (60.0)
Communication skills course is needed for pharmacy students to improve themselves professionallyc
 Agree 24 (40.0)
 Strongly agree 36 (60.0)
Reasons for learning communication skillsd
 It helps to communicate with patients 20 (33.3)
 It helps to effectively communicate with physicians, nurses, or colleagues 19 (31.7)
 Communication is a part of a pharmacist’s job 13 (21.7)
 It helps to improve medication adherence 10 (16.7)
 It helps to deliver accurate information to patients 5 (8.3)
 It helps to build trust between patients and pharmacists 4 (6.7)
 It helps to better understand patients’ problems 3 (5.0)
  1. SD standard deviation
  2. aOther response options were “strongly disagree” (n = 0), “disagree” (n = 0), and “neutral” (n = 0)
  3. bOther response options were “strongly disagree” (n = 0) and “disagree” (n = 0)
  4. cOther response options were “strongly disagree” (n = 0), “disagree” (n = 0), and “neutral” (n = 0)
  5. dPercentage does not equal to 100% because the respondents were allowed to choose more than one option