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.
This paper reports a qualitative study designed to explore attitudes of community pharmacists towards the process of ‘pharmaceutical care’ as tested in the trial.
We recruited 21 pharmacists from the trial into four focus groups, moderated by an independent researcher, and analysed using a thematic qualitative approach.
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.
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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