B.S. Butler University Pharmacy 1992
M.S. Purdue University Pharmacy Administration 1994
Ph.D. Purdue University Pharmacy Administration 1999
Dr. Plake's primary research interests are focused on patient care and associated outcomes. Most of her past research has centered on services and programs in the community settings. Projects in this area include implementing interdisciplinary health care in the community pharmacy setting, evaluating a nonprescription medication service, and assessing a community diabetes screening project. As she has continued to conduct research in areas of chronic illness, she has become interested in facilitating health behavior change in patients and teaching pharmacy practitioners/students how to facilitate change. She also has recently developed an interest in health literacy and interventions to improve patient education and health outcomes.
Dr. Plake's main teaching responsibility involves introductory aspects of pharmacy practice, including compounding, calculations, and communication. In addition, she teaches patient management topics, including health behavior theory, cultural awareness, and health literacy. She also is engaged in research pertaining to teaching. She has been involved in diabetes certificate programs and their impact on pharmacists' provision of pharmaceutical care, as well as assessing empathy and its development in pharmacy students.
Plake KS, Chesnut RJ, and Biebighauser S, (2003) "Impact of a Diabetes Certificate Program on Pharmacists' Diabetes Care Activities." American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 67 (4), Article 116.
Plake KS, (2003) "A Course on Chronic Illness: Learning the Patient's Perspective." American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 67 (1), Article 9, 31-42.
Johnson JF, Plake KS, and Tice BP, (2003) "Involvement of a Pharmacy College in a Community Diabetes Improvement Project." Journal of Pharmacy Teaching (in press).
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