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What can pharmacists do in general practice? A pilot trial


Deeks, LS and Naunton, M and Tay, GH and Peterson, GM and Kyle, G and Davey, R and Dawda, P and Goss, J and Cooper, GM and Porritt, J and Kosari, S, What can pharmacists do in general practice? A pilot trial, Australian Journal of General Practice, 47, (8) pp. 545-549. ISSN 2208-7958 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.31128/AJGP-03-18-4520


Background and objectives: Non-dispensing pharmacists are being suggested as a useful addition to the workforce in general practice. The aim of this study was to describe the activities of three general practice pharmacists over six months in a pilot trial.

Method: Three general practices integrated a part-time (15.2−16 hours per week) non-dispensing pharmacist to be employed according to their individual skillset and local workplace needs. Each general practice pharmacist maintained a daily activity diary, which was subsequently analysed.

Results: The general practice pharmacists’ activities were categorised as quality of practice (37%), administration (34%), medication review (19%) and patient education (11%). Within the quality of practice category, most time was spent conducting clinical audits (47%). Over the course of the six months, time spent on administration decreased, while time communicating with general practitioners (GPs) on clinical issues increased.

Discussion: The general practice pharmacists conducted a range of predominantly clinically related activities involving their expertise in the quality use of medications. Involvement in clinical activities to support GPs increased with time working in the practice. Randomised controlled trials are required to collect clinical outcomes and determine which activities conducted by pharmacists are most beneficial to Australian patients and GPs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pharmacists, general practice, collaboration
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:127471
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2018-07-30
Last Modified:2019-02-22

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