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Evaluation of general practice pharmacists: study protocol to assess interprofessional collaboration and team effectiveness


Sudeshika, T and Naunton, M and Peterson, GM and Deeks, LS and Thomas, J and Kosari, S, Evaluation of general practice pharmacists: study protocol to assess interprofessional collaboration and team effectiveness, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, (3) Article 966. ISSN 1661-7827 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph18030966


The inclusion of pharmacists into general practices has expanded in Australia. However, there is a paucity of research examining interprofessional collaboration and team effectiveness after including a pharmacist into the general practice team in primary or community care. This is a protocol for a cross-national comparative mixed-methods study to (i) investigate interprofessional collaboration and team effectiveness within the general practice team after employing pharmacists in general practices in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and (ii) to compare interprofessional collaboration and team effectiveness of pharmacists in general practice across Australia with international sites. The first objective will be addressed through a multiphase sequential explanatory mixed-method design, using surveys and semi-structured interviews. The study will recruit general practice pharmacists, general practitioners, and other health professionals from eight general practices in the ACT. Quantitative and qualitative results will be merged during interpretation to provide complementary perspectives of interprofessional collaboration. Secondly, a quantitative descriptive design will compare findings on interprofessional collaboration (professional interactions, relationship initiation, exchange characteristics, and commitment to collaboration) and team effectiveness of general practice pharmacists in Australia with international sites from Canada and the United Kingdom. The results of the study will be used to provide recommendations on how to best implement the role of general practice pharmacists across Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interprofessional collaboration pharmacists, general practice, general practice pharmacists, team effectiveness, inclusion, evaluation
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Primary care
UTAS Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:142567
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2021-01-27
Last Modified:2021-02-12
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