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The role of Sudanese community pharmacists in patients' self-care
S.S. Mohamed, A.A. Mahmoud,
Published in Springer
PMID: 24442644
Volume: 36
Issue: 2
Pages: 412 - 419
Objectives: To describe the current and potential roles of Sudanese community pharmacists in responding to symptoms (RTS) and chronic diseases management (CDM) and identify perceived barriers. Settings: Community pharmacies in Khartoum State. Method: A structured, self-administered, piloted questionnaire was conducted of pharmacists in charge of 274, randomly selected, community pharmacies. Close ended questions and a 5-point Likert-type scale were used to measure responses. Main outcome measure: Respondents' demographics, their current activities, attitude and involvement in RTS and CDM and potential barriers. Response rate was 67 %. The majority of respondents (>90 %) reported that they are involved in RTS activities but have negative views regarding practice standards. They lack specific lists of minor conditions and their treatment (87.4 %), recorded counseling procedure (84.7 %), and referral forms (85.8 %). Almost all community pharmacists see an important role for them in CDM (4.54 ± 0.74, 95.3 %) and accept team work with other health care providers (4.46 ± 0.74, 87.5 %). Lack of proper knowledge and training, time, space, patients' acceptance and official recognition of pharmacists' new role, were some of the identified barriers. Conclusion: Sudanese community pharmacists provide RTS and CDM services; however, clinical knowledge and training and well defined national practice standards needs were identified. The current product-focused activities need to be refined to include more patient-focused services. For Improved patients' self-care services, a number of obstacles identified by surveyed pharmacists need to resolved. This requires collaboration of different parties including academics, governmental bodies and professional organizations. © 2014 Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie.
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JournalData powered by TypesetInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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    Chronic disease management
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    Community pharmacy
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    Responding to symptoms
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