RESEARCH ARTICLE: An assessment of oncology pharmacy educational needs among community pharmacists in Zimbabwe


  • Maudy Chido Manyau University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  • Wilfred Gurupira University of Zimbabwe Clinical Trials and Research Centre, Zimbabwe
  • Dexter Tagwireyi University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe



Advanced practice, Continuous professional development, Oncology pharmacy, Pharmacy education


Background: Oncology pharmacy is a specialty that is central to provision and use of anti-cancer medications. In Zimbabwe, pharmacists rely on a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (B.Pharm.) and in-house training in the provision of oncology services. This study sought to assess knowledge, perceptions, current practices and prior education in oncology pharmacy among community pharmacists.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out among pharmacists working in community pharmacies in Harare.

Results: A response rate of 93.0% was achieved. The mean knowledge score was 4.0%. Up to 96.8% of pharmacists thought that prior training in oncology was inadequate. Only ten pharmacists in the sample actually dispensed chemotherapy regularly. Of these, none comprehensive measures for the safe handling of hazardous drugs.

Conclusion: A B.Pharm. degree does not provide pharmacists with adequate scientific knowledge and competencies required for the provision of oncology pharmacy services. Structured educational programmes for pharmacists in oncology should be implemented.

Author Biographies

Maudy Chido Manyau, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Wilfred Gurupira, University of Zimbabwe Clinical Trials and Research Centre, Zimbabwe


Dexter Tagwireyi, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


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Manyau, M. C., Gurupira, W. ., & Tagwireyi, D. . (2021). RESEARCH ARTICLE: An assessment of oncology pharmacy educational needs among community pharmacists in Zimbabwe. Pharmacy Education, 21, p. 546–554.



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