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“The public rely on me a lot”: Rural pharmacists’ perspectives on their roles in oral health care


Hoang, H and Barnett, T and Kirschbaum, M and Dunbar, S and Wong, R, 'The public rely on me a lot': Rural pharmacists' perspectives on their roles in oral health care, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 27, (1) pp. 57-63. ISSN 1038-5282 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12460


Objective: To examine rural pharmacists’ perspectives on their roles in oral health in rural communities and collaborations with dental practitioners.

Design: A qualitative research study using face-toface, semistructured interviews. Interview data were thematically analysed with the assistance of Nvivo 10.

Setting: Eleven rural communities across rural Tasmania.

Participants: Twenty community pharmacists.

Results: Five major themes emerged: (i) barriers for patients to access dental services; (ii) oral health presentations to rural pharmacies; (iii) roles of pharmacists in oral health care (subthemes: advice; health promotion; and referrals); (iv) collaborations with dental practitioners; and (v) oral health education and training.

Conclusion: This study suggests that rural community pharmacists had advisory and referral roles in oral health and acknowledged that they could play a greater role in oral health promotion. It was suggested that oral health could be incorporated into existing pharmacy health promotion and surveillance activities. There was a lack of collaboration between pharmacists and dentists or dental services and limited oral health education and training provided to pharmacists. Stronger collaboration between pharmacists and dental practitioners and better oral health training for pharmacists may enhance their role in promoting oral health within rural communities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pharmacists, roles, oral health care, rural, perspectives
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Dentistry
Research Field:Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Dental health
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Kirschbaum, M (Mr Mark Kirschbaum)
UTAS Author:Dunbar, S (Ms Stephanie Dunbar)
UTAS Author:Wong, R (Mrs Rita Wong)
ID Code:128824
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2018-10-16
Last Modified:2019-12-06
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