International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 1416–1424 | Cite as

Knowledge and pharmacological management of Alzheimer’s disease by managing community pharmacists: a nationwide study

  • Natalie Zerafa
  • Charles ScerriEmail author
Research Article


Background Managing community pharmacists can play a leading role in supporting community dwelling individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Objective The main purpose of this study was to assess knowledge of managing community pharmacists towards Alzheimer’s disease and its pharmacological management. Setting Community pharmacies in the Maltese islands. Method A nationwide survey was conducted with full-time managing community pharmacists in possession of a tertiary education degree in pharmacy studies. The level of knowledge was investigated using the Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale and the Alzheimer’s Disease Pharmacotherapy Measure. Participants were also asked to rate a number of statements related to disease management. Results Maltese managing community pharmacists (57 % response rate) had inadequate knowledge on risk factors, caregiving issues and pharmacological management of Alzheimer’s disease. Age and number of years working in a community pharmacy setting were found to be negatively correlated with increased knowledge. Conclusion The findings highlight the need of providing training and continued educational support to managing community pharmacists in order to provide quality advice to individuals with dementia and their caregivers in the community.


Alzheimer’s disease Dementia Knowledge Malta Maltese islands Managing community pharmacist Pharmacotherapy 



The authors gratefully acknowledge all managing community pharmacists who participated in the study.



Conflicts of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Pharmacology and TherapeuticsUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta

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