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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. 323-327
Bioline Code: pr15044
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2015, pp. 323-327

 en Qualitative Assessment of the Pharmacist’s Role in Punjab, Pakistan: Medical Practitioners’ Views
Azhar, Saira; Hassali, Mohammad Azmi; Iqbal, Ayesha; Akram, Muhammad Rouf; Attique-Ur-Rehman, Mufti; Karim, Sabiha; Tariq, Imran; Asad, Muhammad Hassham Hassan Bin; Tarjik, Ismail & Murtaza, Ghulam

Abstract

Purpose: To assess the perception of Pakistani doctors regarding pharmacist’s role in Punjab Pakistan.
Methods: A qualitative approach was used to assess the perception of doctors regarding pharmacist’s role in the study setting. A total of 12 doctors were interviewed using a semi- structured interview guide. The study was conducted for a period of 3 months in the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Lahore, from July to September 2011. Doctors were informed regarding the aim, objective and nature of the study.
Results: All the interviews were transcribed verbatim and thematically analyzed for their content. Thematic content analysis yielded four major themes: 1) Availability of pharmacist in Pakistan’s healthcare setting. 2) Willingness to collaborate with pharmacist. 3) Separation of prescribing from dispensing. 4) Difference in academic levels of doctors and pharmacist.
Conclusion: Doctors are receptive to an expanded role for pharmacists, also regard them as drug information experts, but their expectations fall short of the quality of clinically-focused pharmacy services that pharmacists are actually rendering.

Keywords
Doctors’ expectation; Pharmacist; Clinical pharmacy services; Qualitative study; Prescribing

 
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