Pharmacy students' perceptions of an oncology pharmacy simulation

Razeeya Khan*, Ané Orchard, Muhammed Vally

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Background and purpose: Cancer is on the rise both globally and in South Africa, with an estimated 70% increase in incidence in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. While oncology pharmacy is a highly specialized field of practice, there is currently no formal certification for oncology pharmacists in South Africa. Educational activity and setting: To standardise the way in which oncology pharmacy is practiced within the country, the first-ever simulation-based oncology admixing training for pharmacy students in South Africa was developed at the University of the Witwatersrand. Following the simulation, a survey was conducted to determine the participants' perceptions of the simulation. Current and past pharmacy students were invited to complete a questionnaire. Data were collected through a self-administered cross-sectional REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) questionnaire using a Likert-like scale to determine the agreed with statements related to the simulation. Findings: A total of 81 participants completed the questionnaire. Participants provided favorable feedback related to the simulation's benefit, quality, and learning experience. Based on the perceptions of the participants, the purpose of the simulation exercise was achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-679
Number of pages9
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Aseptic
  • Chemotherapy admixing
  • Laboratory
  • Oncology pharmacy
  • Simulation


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