Stakeholder perspectives about general practice pharmacists in the Australian Capital Territory

A qualitative pilot study

Louise S. Deeks, Sam Kosari, Mark Naunton, Gabrielle Cooper, Julie Porritt, Rachel Davey, Paresh Dawda, John Goss, Gregory Kyle

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    Previous studies have found that integrating non-dispensing pharmacists in general practice may improve patient safety, improve patient outcomes, deliver health system efficiencies and generate savings. However, the employment of pharmacists in general practice is not common in Australia. A naturalistic study was conducted in the Australian Capital Territory with three general practices, each employing a part-time pharmacist for 12 months. This study reports on stakeholder perspectives of the benefits, barriers and enablers for integrating pharmacists into general practice. Patients, practice staff and community pharmacists that had interacted with a practice pharmacist were asked to complete a self-administered questionnaire. Patient questionnaire respondents (n = 44) reported that a practice pharmacist was beneficial and wanted to see this continue. Practice pharmacists were also perceived beneficial by primary healthcare employees surveyed (n = 42). Opinions were further explored by individual semi-structured interviews (n = 20). The qualitative data explored five themes: perception of the practice pharmacist, collaboration with doctors, pharmacist roles, sustainability and community pharmacy aspects. Patients welcomed improved understanding about their medication, whereas general practice staff appreciated pharmaceutical advice about patients with chronic conditions. Participants discussed options to fund practice pharmacists longer term, which was identified as the main barrier to widespread roll out.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)263-272
    Number of pages10
    JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


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