05 Feb 2023
31 Jan 2023
To assess the impact of an E-learning diabetes education workshop on Nigerian student pharmacists attending Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) of Nigeria. A diabetes education workshop consisting of four part pre-recorded lecture (three hours), hands on activities, and patient counseling exercises were offered by a UC San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) faculty clinical specialist via an E-learning method. Attendance was voluntary. A printed pre- and post-survey was used to assess Nigerian student pharmacists baseline knowledge and comfort level of different areas of diabetes self-care management. Each survey took approximately 20-30 minutes. Data was analyzed using t-test to determine the significance. This study included 37 (15 males and 22 females) student pharmacists aged 21-28 years old attending NAU and who consented to attend the workshop in partnership with RISE Clinic in Nigeria. Comparison of the pre- and post-survey scores showed significant increases in the Nigerian student pharmacist’s confidence and ability provide diabetes self-care after participating in the workshop (p < 0.001). Confidence in insulin use increased by 48.6% (p<0.001) and diabetes knowledge increased by 21.8% (p<0.001). An exponential increase of diabetes knowledge was noted in two case studies. Both showed an increase in overall score (i.e. 37% and 22%, respectively) with highly significant relationship. Students gained knowledge, with mean scores of 77% and 6% on post-survey case questions (compared to 55% and 39% on pre- survey). An E-learning diabetes self-care educational workshop successfully helped NAU student pharmacists increase their understanding, confidence and ability to educate and train diabetic patients. This study demonstrates the positive collaboration between schools of pharmacy using E-learning and may serve as an example for future educational opportunities.