The Australian practice pharmacist

Freeman, Christopher, Cottrell, Neil, Rigby, Debbie, Williams, Ian D., & Nissen, Lisa (2014) The Australian practice pharmacist. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 44(4), pp. 240-248.

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Abstract

Background:

Evolution in Australian community pharmacy and general practice environments has seen the emergence of a new opportunity for pharmacist practice, distinct from the conventional community and hospital settings, in which the pharmacist is integrated into the general practice setting to provide professional services.

Aim:

To characterise pharmacists practising in the Australian general practice setting.

Method:

An electronic questionnaire.

Results:

Twenty-six practice pharmacists completed the questionnaire. Practice pharmacists were more likely to be female, aged between 30 and 49 years, have postgraduate qualifications and also work in other pharmacy sectors. The general practice settings more frequently had multiple general practitioners and also housed multiple allied health professionals. The most commonly conducted services provided by the practice pharmacists were Home Medicine Reviews, responding to clinical enquiries from general practitioners and responding to enquiries from other health professionals. Most practice pharmacists worked as independent contractors for services provided. The practice pharmacists provided some services in the absence of remuneration. The majority of practice pharmacists agreed or strongly agreed that a set of competencies should be developed and a credentialing process required with experience of the pharmacist being regarded highly.

Conclusion:

The results of this study have described the variety of professional roles, remuneration and characteristics in a small sample of pharmacists practising in a general practice setting in Australia. For this model of pharmacist practice to expand an appropriate method of remuneration is required.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 79566
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, pharmacy practice, pharmacists, primary care
ISSN: 2055-2335
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500) > Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: © 2014 Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
Deposited On: 18 Dec 2014 05:34
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2015 06:12

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