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


  • Paola D'Incau Clinical Pharmacology Unit, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  • Anita Conforti Clinical Pharmacology Unit, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  • Michele E. Gangemi Family Pediatrician, Counsellor, Italy
  • Luciano Vettore Past President and Advisor Emeritus of the Italian Society of Medical Education, Italy
  • Anna Carreri Clinical Pharmacology Unit, University of Verona, Verona, Italy


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


Pharmacists, as primary health care professionals, are being assigned in following drug therapy. This increased responsibility requires pharmacists a more patient-centred role.
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.
The educational activities were carried out during 2008 in three phases: pharmacist training, epidemiological observational study and reflection.
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.
It is important to develop strategies that improve understanding of modern communication models among community pharmacists.


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