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Shared prescribing? A focus group study with community pharmacists

  • Peter Campion (a1), Andrea Hilton (a1) and Gwen Irving (a2)
Abstract
Background

The RESPECT (Randomised Evaluation of Shared Prescribing for the Elderly in the Community, randomised over Time) trial was a multi-centre pragmatic trial of pharmaceutical care in the community, which took place in five areas of East and North Yorkshire.

Objectives

This paper reports a qualitative study designed to explore attitudes of community pharmacists towards the process of ‘pharmaceutical care’ as tested in the trial.

Methods

We recruited 21 pharmacists from the trial into four focus groups, moderated by an independent researcher, and analysed using a thematic qualitative approach.

Results

Four themes emerged from the data: the pharmacist–patient relationship; the pharmacist–general practitioner (GP) relationship; the pharmacists’ continuing professional development; and the role of peer support. Pharmacists welcomed this opportunity for more collaborative working with patients, GPs and peers.

Conclusion

There is evidence of sub-optimal teamwork between community pharmacists and GP prescribers, which could be improved by more joint training and by new extended roles for pharmacists.

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Address for correspondence: Professor Peter Campion, Postgraduate Medical Institute, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK. Email: P.D.Campion@hull.ac.uk
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