Pharmacy World & Science

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 211–215 | Cite as

Barriers to pharmaceutical care in Argentina

  • Sonia A. UemaEmail author
  • Elena M. Vega
  • Pedro D. Armando
  • Daniela Fontana
Short Reasearch Report


Objective To identify the perceived barriers to implementing pharmaceutical care in Argentina. Method A semi-structured questionnaire was designed to carry out a cross-sectional descriptive study. The questionnaires were distributed in different continuing professional development events for pharmacists during November–December 2005. Results Ninety completed questionnaires were collected with the following distribution: 16.7% at the national congress of hospital pharmacy, 18.9% after a conference, 64.4% during two courses related to pharmaceutical care. The surveyed pharmacists work for community pharmacies (76.7%), hospital/institutional pharmacies (20.0%) and primary care centers (2.2%). The most important barriers mentioned were lack of time, lack of specific training and lack of communication skills. Conclusion The opinions of Argentinian pharmacists from different places and professional practice settings were obtained. In all work settings, “lack of time” is the main barrier to overcome for implementing pharmaceutical care.


Argentina Barriers Implementation Pharmaceutical care Process evaluation Survey 



We would like to acknowledge to the following organisations: Asociación Argentina de Farmacéuticos de Hospital (AAFH), Cámara de Farmacéuticos y Propietarios de Farmacia de la República Argentina (CAFAPRO), Colegio de Farmacéuticos de la Provincia de Córdoba, and Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica, Juan Agustín Maza University (province of Mendoza). We would like to acknowledge to Philip Bird native speaker.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonia A. Uema
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elena M. Vega
    • 1
  • Pedro D. Armando
    • 2
  • Daniela Fontana
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Farmacia, Facultad de Ciencias QuímicasUniversidad Nacional de Córdoba, Ciudad UniversitariaCordobaArgentina
  2. 2.Pharmacology Department, School of Chemical SciencesNational University of CordobaCordobaArgentina

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