Background: Pharmaceutical companies provide a broad range of different mandatory
trainings to their medical representatives to keep the business running; however research related
training has often been neglected by these companies. Thus, this study was developed to assess the
amount of scientific research knowledge and interest among pharmacy medical representatives in
Method: A cross sectional study was conducted in Jordan in 2016. During the study period, a questionnaire
was administered to 250 medical representatives working in pharmaceutical companies to
evaluate their scientific research knowledge and attitudes.
Results: The majority of medical representatives had positive attitudes towards clinical trials and
research communication and believe that it will increase the value of their work, but a considerable
number of medical representatives did not detail clinical trials on every visit and found difficulty in
answering clinical trials and research related questions asked by health care professionals.
Most of the medical representatives did not have a complete understanding of some basic research
terminologies. Medical representatives working in multinational companies seemed to have a
significantly better understanding of research and terminologies compared to local companies
(P-value= 0.000). Also Medical representatives with higher educational degrees seemed to have
significantly better understanding of basic research terminologies (P-value= 0.023).
Conclusion: The majority of medical representatives had positive attitudes towards clinical trials
and research communication and found that it will increase the value of their work, but still there is
a gap in their frequency of detailing. Thus, local pharmaceutical companies need to invest more in
research and clinical trials knowledge kind of training. Also, universities need to include research
related courses and subject in their bachelors’ program curriculum in order to make pharmacists
equipped in terms of research knowledge, regardless of the career path they choose.