Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 15, No. 7, 2016, pp. 1549-1557
Bioline Code: pr16205
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 15, No. 7, 2016, pp. 1549-1557
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Influence of pharmacists expertise on physicians prescription decisions|
Murshid, Mohsen Ali; Mohaidin, Zurina & Nee, Goh Yen
Purpose: To explore the influence of pharmacist factors on prescription decisions of physicians.
Methods: A survey of literature was carried out across online databases and 12 relevant articles were
identified. The influence of pharmacist factors on physician prescription decisions was identified in the
articles. A conceptual model for investigating pharmacist factors that influence physicians’ prescription
decisions was then developed.
Results: The main factors identified were pharmacist expertise, pharmacist – physician collaboration,
and trust between physician and pharmacist. There was no direct evidence of influence of pharmacist
expertise on prescription, but some studies indicated that pharmacist recommendation is in tandem with
the prescribing behaviour of physicians. One study reported that pharmacist–physician collaboration
positively influenced physicians’ prescribing decision, while others found no relationship between these.
Conclusion: Existing literature on the influence of pharmacist factors on prescription behaviour of
physicians are limited and debatable. There is no consistency in these studies. Moreover, studies that
reported a strong connection between the trustworthiness and pharmacist–physician collaboration in
drug prescription lack hard evidence.
Physician prescription behaviour; Pharmacist factor; Collaboration; Trustworthiness
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