RESEARCH ARTICLE: Pharmacy students’ perceptions of collaborations, barriers, and attitude towards patient-centred care in persons with mental disorder in south-west Nigeria




Collaboration, Mental illness, Nigeria, Perceived barrier, Pharmaceutical care, Pharmacy students' attitude


Introduction: Patient-centred care is critical for enhanced management of mental disorders, this proves the need for an adequate understanding of students’ attitudes and view about it.

Aim: The study assessed pharmacy students’ perceptions of collaborations, barriers, and attitudes towards patient-centred care in persons with mental disorders. 

Methods: Cross-sectional study was conducted among 87 final year pharmacy students. Descriptive analysis was performed using SPSS version 15.0. Average scores of more than 3.50 were considered positive. 

Results: Eighty students participated in the study, indicating 94.1% response rate. Lack of access to patients, 47 (58.8%) was mostly perceived to affect patient-centred care to mentally ill patients. Few, 14 (17.5%) experienced full cooperation from other health professionals. Average mean scores of 3.82 ± 0.89 and 4.44 ± 0.731 were observed for students’ attitudes and perceptions of the pharmacist-patient relationship respectively during consultations. 

Conclusion: Lack of access to patients, low collaborations from other healthcare personnel, positive attitude towards mental illness, and positive perception of pharmacist-patient relationship were observed.

Author Biographies

Uchenna I.H Eze, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Sagamu, Nigeria

Associate Professor - Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy

Adepeju Oluwaseyi Tugbobo, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Sagamu, Nigeria

Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy

Chinonyerem Ogadi Iheanacho, University of Calabar, Nigeria

Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Public Health, Faculty of Pharmacy


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