Physicians’ views on the professional roles of pharmacists in patient care in Eritrea
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Objective A collaborative relationship between physicians and pharmacists is crucial in the patient oriented role of pharmacists. In order to get an optimal patient outcome, strong cooperation between pharmacists and physicians is necessary. It is evident that in patient-oriented activities of pharmacists, their roles should be appropriately perceived and welcomed by physicians. This survey, thus, aimed to explore the perception of Eritrean physicians towards the professional roles of pharmacists in patient care. Setting The study was conducted in all hospitals in Asmara. Method A self administered questionnaire was distributed to the physicians working in Asmara hospitals. The instrument contained questions to evaluate the physicians’ level of agreement using a 5-point Likert type scale. Main outcome measure Opinions of physicians on the professional role of pharmacists. Results Out of the 55 questionnaires distributed 50 were completed and returned, giving a response rate of 90.91 %. Most of the physicians accepted the reprofessionalization of pharmacy profession (88 %); majority disagreed that pharmacists are using their full potential in patient care (60 %); physicians strongly agreed or agreed that they should accept pharmacists’ recommendations on patients’ medication (96 %). Conclusions Generally the physicians appreciated the professional role of pharmacists in patient care. They agreed with the idea of re-professionalization of pharmacy into patient care. For conclusive evidence nationwide study is recommended.
KeywordsEritrea Opinions Patient care Perceptions Pharmacists Physicians Professional roles
We are grateful to all physicians who participated in the study. We are also grateful to ERIPA for covering the cost for printing the questionnaire. We would like to thank Mr. Chan Ving Fai from Brien Holden Vision Institute for his assistance in analysis, and Mr. Ambesajir Habtemichael, Mr. Kidane Teklai, Mr. Ghide Ghebreweld all from Orotta School of Medicine and Dental Medicine for their assistance in data collection.
This work received no financial support from any granting body or outside organization.
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The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest associated with the submitted manuscript.
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