Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 15, No. 4, 2016, pp. 847-854
Bioline Code: pr16114
Full paper language: English
Document type: Editorial
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2016, pp. 847-854
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Community pharmacists’ understanding, attitudes, practice and perceived barriers related to providing pharmaceutical care: a questionnaire-based survey in Macao|
Ung, Carolina Oi Lam; Chao, Chon Kit; Hu, Yuanjia; Zhao, Jing; Li, Peng; Wang, Yitao & Hu, Hao
To explore the knowledge, attitudes, practice and perceived barriers of community
pharmacists regarding provision of pharmaceutical care as well as provide recommendations on how to
advance the service during the early stage of development in Macao.
A questionnaire comprising 10 items was used to collect respondents’ demographic
information and to evaluate their understanding of pharmaceutical care, attitude towards service
provision, current practice and perceived barriers. Descriptive and comparative analysis of the results
While 95 % of the participating pharmacists agreed that patients’ health was their primary
responsibility, only 57 % believed that they can provide better pharmaceutical care in the future. The
majority spent most of their work time counselling patients (90 %) and checking prescription (70 %).
Only a small portion monitored adverse drug reaction and drug compliance (44 %), engaged in health
screening or drug safety promotion (20 %) or maintained patient medication records (4 %). Insufficient
communication with physicians (90 %), lack of time (79 %) and lack of physical space at the pharmacy
(76 %) were considered the most significant barriers.
A suboptimal level of pharmaceutical care is provided by pharmacists in Macao.
Considering the barriers identified and integrating other country experiences, establishing an enabling
atmosphere using policy and regulatory measures is the fundamental element for advancing
pharmaceutical care by community pharmacists.
Community pharmacist; Community Pharmacy; Pharmaceutical care; Macao
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