What is it about?

This study explores how pharmacy students and faculty members in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region perceive and use artificial intelligence (AI) in pharmacy practice. We found that, while there's moderate knowledge about AI, there's a positive attitude toward its potential benefits. However, there's a gap between understanding AI principles and applying them in practice. Incorporating AI education into pharmacy curricula and addressing concerns about job security and patient safety are essential steps forward.

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Why is it important?

This study provides valuable insights into the adoption of AI in pharmacy practice, particularly in the MENA region, where such research is scarce. By identifying knowledge gaps and attitudes toward AI, it offers guidance for educators, policymakers, and practitioners to integrate AI effectively into pharmacy education and practice. This work contributes to the broader discussion on AI integration in healthcare and underscores the importance of addressing cultural and regional nuances in technology adoption.


Conducting this research was enlightening, as it shed light on the readiness of pharmacy professionals in the MENA region to embrace AI. It underscores the need for proactive measures to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice, ensuring that pharmacists are well-equipped to leverage AI for better patient care. I believe this study opens avenues for international multidisciplinary collaboration and innovation in pharmacy education and practice, ultimately benefiting both professionals and patients alike.

Dr. Hisham E. Hasan
Jordan University of Science and Technology

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This page is a summary of: Knowledge, attitude and practice among pharmacy students and faculty members towards artificial intelligence in pharmacy practice: A multinational cross-sectional study, PLoS ONE, March 2024, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0296884.
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