International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 682–685 | Cite as

Preventable drug-related morbidity in community pharmacy: commentary on the implications for practice and policy of a novel intervention

  • Mara Pereira GuerreiroEmail author
  • Ana Paula Martins
  • Judith Anne Cantrill


This commentary relates to a paper on the development and piloting of a risk management intervention in Portuguese community pharmacy, based on validated preventable drug-related morbidity indicators. In the paper we presented the research programme and implications for future evaluation. However, we believe that the intervention may be seen as important for patient safety without further evaluation. Therefore in this commentary we discuss considerations for service roll-out, by revisiting some issues already presented and by introducing aspects such as service definition and remuneration. We argue that in the absence of service remuneration, redesign of care processes through IT support and inter-professional collaboration, and coaching to encourage the aforementioned efforts it is unlikely that the proposed risk management intervention will succeed in preventing drug-related morbidity.


Community pharmacy Indicators Patient safety Portugal Preventable drug-related morbidity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mara Pereira Guerreiro
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ana Paula Martins
    • 1
  • Judith Anne Cantrill
    • 3
  1. 1.iMED.UL, Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa (FFUL)LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz (ISCSEM)Monte da CaparicaPortugal
  3. 3.School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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