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An educational process to transfer research into the pharmacist’s daily practice: An observational study in community pharmacies

Paola D'Incau, Anita Conforti, Michele E. Gangemi, Luciano Vettore, Anna Carreri

Abstract

Background
Pharmacists, as primary health care professionals, are being assigned in following drug therapy. This increased responsibility requires pharmacists a more patient-centred role.
Aims
The aim is to assess the learning method promoting knowledge and awareness of community pharmacists regarding the occurrence of stressful life events in women who use anxiolytic and antidepressant medicines.
Method
The educational activities were carried out during 2008 in three phases: pharmacist training, epidemiological observational study and reflection.
Results
The high participation rate (88%) and the large number of women were recruited (n = 11357) during the observational study, indicates that the community pharmacists were motivated and interested in this project both for its epidemiological and learning aspects.
Pharmacists during this experience were not only involved in dispensing advice on medication purposes and side effects, but they also showed interest in listening to women‟s expressed needs.
Conclusion
It is important to develop strategies that improve understanding of modern communication models among community pharmacists.


Keywords

Counselling, learning, mental health, research, pharmacist, women


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