Title

A cross-sectional study of the ethics of pharmacy students

ORCiD

0000-0002-5447-9016

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Annals of Pharmacotherapy

ISSN

1060-0280

Volume

23

Issue

7--8

DOI

10.1177/1060028089023007-812

First Page

590

Last Page

592

Publication Date

7-1-1989

Abstract

The importance of ethics in pharmacy education and practice has recently received increased attention. Previous studies have addressed occupational orientation and personality traits as well as the nature of attitudes and values. Many unanswered questions remain. This cross-sectional study was designed to compare the attitudes and value priorities of pharmacy students in preprofessional and professional years of study and to evaluate a modified questionnaire. The 495 students who completed the questionnaire were representative of the 835 pharmacy students enrolled in this “0/5” undergraduate pharmacy program. The survey results indicated that honesty and full disclosure are preferences held by preprofessional students, whereas what may be described as professional judgment predominates in students during their final two professional years. Most students felt they had an idealistic or humanistic orientation. The differences among the classes may be due to any of a number of factors including curricula, normal maturation, or chance differences in the students within each class.