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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
ISSN: 1596-5996
EISSN: 1596-9827
Vol. 14, No. 2, 2015, pp. 311-315
Bioline Code: pr15042
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2015, pp. 311-315

 en A Qualitative Analysis of the Perception of Academic Pharmacists Regarding their Role in Healthcare System of Two Pakistani Cities
Azhar, Saira; Hassali, Mohammad Azmi; Iqbal, Ayesha; Jabeen, Nyla; Latif, Abida; Ullah, Naveed; Khan, Shujaat Ali; Akhtar, Yasmeen & Murtaza, Ghulam

Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the role and perception of academic pharmacists regarding their role in the healthcare system of Pakistan.
Methods: Qualitative methodology was used to explore the perception of academic pharmacists, and semi-structured interview was used to collect the data. The study was conducted in the cities of Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan from April to June 2011.
Results: On the basis of the interview guide, thematic content analysis yielded five major themes: 1) the need for a more comprehensive pharmacy curriculum; 2) perception of pharmaceutical care in Pakistan; 3) collaboration with other healthcare professionals; and 4) strategies to improve the status of pharmacist.
Conclusion: There is a necessity for curriculum alignment, which is considered important to enhance pharmacy practice activities, as this will ultimately yield several benefits for pharmacists, including job satisfaction.

Keywords
Academic pharmacist; Perception; Pharmacists’ role; Healthcare system

 
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