Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 14, No. 2, 2015, pp. 293-301
Bioline Code: pr15040
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2015, pp. 293-301
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Perceptions, Experiences and Expectations of Physicians Regarding the Role of the Pharmacist in an Iraqi Hospital Setting|
Hamadi, Salim A.; Mohammed, Mohammed M.; Dizaye, Kawa A. & Basheti, Iman A.
Purpose: To investigate the perceptions, expectations, and experiences of physicians regarding
hospital-based pharmacists in some Iraqi government hospitals.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at four government hospitals in Baghdad and Erbil,
Iraq from March to July 2012. A validated, self-administered questionnaire was hand-delivered to a
random sample of 200 physicians. The questionnaire comprised four sections that probed the
physicians' demographic characteristics as well as their perceptions of, expectations of, and
experiences with hospital pharmacists.
Results: Most participants (69.4 %) reported rarely interacting with pharmacists and that enquiring
about the availability of medications was the main purpose (74.9 %) of any interactions. Physicians
reported being comfortable with pharmacists preventing prescription error, treating minor illness, and
suggesting prescription medication to physicians of 74, 75 and 67 %, respectively, but only 47 % were
comfortable with pharmacists providing patient education. The perspective of physicians in Erbil differed
from that of physicians in Baghdad (p < 0.05).
Conclusion: Interactions between Iraqi physicians and pharmacists are still not optimal. Physicians are
much more comfortable with traditional pharmacist functions than with the extended, patient-oriented
pharmacy services currently being promoted. Great efforts are needed to enhance the Iraqi physician's
attitude regarding the clinical services provided by pharmacists which in turn would result in more
collaboration among healthcare professionals.
Physician; Pharmacist; Perception; Experience; Expectation; Patient-oriented; Pharmacy service
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