RESEARCH ARTICLE: Qualitative analysis of healthcare providers and administrators' perceptions, expectations, barriers, and facilitators towards pharmacists in mental healthcare in Saudi Arabia




Pharmacist, Pharmacy student, Saudi Arabia, Qualitative research


Objective: To explore the views and experiences of healthcare providers (HCPs) and their expectations toward pharmacists in mental healthcare, in addition to their acceptance of new pharmacist roles. Barriers and facilitators that are emerging in the process of developing enhanced pharmacist-related roles were also explored.   

Methods: Qualitative semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with HCPs who had worked in mental health services in Saudi Arabia. The data were thematically analysed using a constant comparison with NVivo software to develop a series of key themes from the interviews.

Results: Most HCPs indicated that they rarely interacted with pharmacists. They expected pharmacists to educate both patients and other healthcare workers in the future. Concerns were raised regarding inadequate pharmacy education and lack of clinical training for pharmacists.    

Conclusion: This study revealed that interactions between HCPs and pharmacists concerning mental health are still limited. A communication strategy for addressing mental health issues should be developed among pharmacists and other HCPs.

Author Biography

Badar Dhehawi A Aldhafeeri, Medical Services-Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia

Clinical Pharmacy Department


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How to Cite

Aldhafeeri, B. D. A. . (2022). RESEARCH ARTICLE: Qualitative analysis of healthcare providers and administrators’ perceptions, expectations, barriers, and facilitators towards pharmacists in mental healthcare in Saudi Arabia. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 142–154.



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