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Table 2 Summary of students’ assessment of aspects of mental health teaching and learning that are included in the curriculum

From: UK and Ireland survey of MPharm student and staff experiences of mental health curricula, with a focus on Mental Health First Aid

Mental health in curriculum All (n = 232)
N (%)
Students who declared participation in MHFA (n = 26)
N (%)
Students who did not declare participation in MHFA (n = 205)**
N (%)
P value
Extent to which taught about mental health in the MPharm      < 0.001*
1 (never) 20 (8.6) 0 20 (9.9)  
2 67 (28.9) 4 (15.4) 62 (30.5)  
3 89 (38.4) 8 (30.8) 81 (39.9)  
4 40 (17.2) 8 (30.8) 32 (15.8)  
5 (constantly embedded throughout) 14 (6.0) 6 (23.1) 8 (3.9)  
Missing (excluded from comparison) 2 (0.9) N/A N/A  
Agreement with following statements     
Given opportunity to practise counselling patient on mental health medication 104 (44.8) 24 (92.3) 80 (39.0)  < 0.001*
Clinical check of prescriptions or drug charts relating to mental health medication 130 (56.0) 21 (80.8) 109 (53.2) 0.032*
Taught about how mental health drugs work in the body 194 (83.6) 23 (88.5) 171 (83.4) 0.001*
Learn about laws relating to mental health 118 (50.9) 17 (65.4) 101 (49.3) 0.349
Learning with student mental health nurses 24 (10.3) 1 (3.8) 23 (11.2) 0.583
Placement experience in mental health trust 44 (19.0) 8 (30.8) 36 (17.6) 0.770
  1. * Statistically significant (p < 0.05)
  2. ** One response invalid so no included in the stratified analysis