Instructional design and assessment of an elective course on the use of drugs in sport
Background and purpose: The use and misuse of drugs in sport is becoming increasingly important globally, and the role of pharmacists is evolving in this regard. This paper describes the design and implementation of an elective course ?Drugs in Sport? in an undergraduate pharmacy curriculum. Educational activity and setting: The elective course was designed to introduce BSc pharmacy students to an evidence-based approach to safe, effective, and legal use of drugs in sport. The course covered why athletes take drugs, evolution of doping in sport, the international regulations regarding doping and anti-doping in sport including the World Anti-doping Agency Prohibited List, as well as testing and monitoring for drug use in sport. It also included the role of athlete support personnel (ASP) in preventing the use of prohibited substances by athletes. A web-based survey was conducted at the end of the course to assess the students? perspectives of the course. Findings: Students provided an evaluation of the course in terms of its content, methods of delivery, and assessment. Overall, the students demonstrated competence. They gained insight into international and national regulations regarding doping and anti-doping in sport and the potential role of pharmacists as ASP in providing support and advice for athletes and the public. Designing and implementing an evidence-based course on the use of drugs in sport customized for pharmacy students was achieved successfully. Such courses could provide an opportunity to advance the scope of pharmacy practice and possibly provide a new career path for future pharmacists. ? 2018 Elsevier Inc.
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