[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are groups of practitioners and researchers with an interest in designing, evaluating and disseminating solutions to the real-world problems of clinical practices.
To evaluate the level of interest of community pharmacists in participating in a PBRN and to document the services such a network should offer.
In a survey of community pharmacists in Montreal, Quebec, and surrounding areas, a questionnaire was mailed to a random sample of 1250 pharmacists. Two of the 28 questions were related to PBRNs: one assessed the pharmacists' interest in participating in a PBRN; the other sought their views on which services and activities this network should offer.
In total, 571 (45.7%) pharmacists completed the questionnaire, but 6 did not answer the questions about the PBRN. Of the respondents, 58.9% indicated they were "very interested" or "interested" in joining a PBRN, while 41.1% reported little or no interest. The most popular potential services identified were access to clinical tools developed in research projects (77.0%), access to continuing education training programs developed in research projects (75.9%), information about conferences on pharmacy practice research (64.1%) and participation in the development of new pharmaceutical practices (56.1%).
This study suggests that the level of interest that community pharmacists have in PBRNs is sufficient to further evaluate how such networks may optimize and facilitate pharmacy practice research. Can Pharm J 2013;146:47-54.
Canadian Pharmacists Journal 01/2013; 146(1):47-54.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An increased interest is observed in broadening community pharmacists' role in public health. To date, little information has been gathered in Canada on community pharmacists' perceptions of their role in health promotion and prevention; however, such data are essential to the development of public-health programs in community pharmacy. A cross-sectional study was therefore conducted to explore the perceptions of community pharmacists in urban and semi-urban areas regarding their ideal and actual levels of involvement in providing health-promotion and prevention services and the barriers to such involvement.
Using a five-step modified Dillman's tailored design method, a questionnaire with 28 multiple-choice or open-ended questions (11 pages plus a cover letter) was mailed to a random sample of 1,250 pharmacists out of 1,887 community pharmacists practicing in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and surrounding areas. It included questions on pharmacists' ideal level of involvement in providing health-promotion and preventive services; which services were actually offered in their pharmacy, the employees involved, the frequency, and duration of the services; the barriers to the provision of these services in community pharmacy; their opinion regarding the most appropriate health professionals to provide them; and the characteristics of pharmacists, pharmacies and their clientele.
In all, 571 out of 1,234 (46.3%) eligible community pharmacists completed and returned the questionnaire. Most believed they should be very involved in health promotion and prevention, particularly in smoking cessation (84.3%); screening for hypertension (81.8%), diabetes (76.0%) and dyslipidemia (56.9%); and sexual health (61.7% to 89.1%); however, fewer respondents reported actually being very involved in providing such services (5.7% [lifestyle, including smoking cessation], 44.5%, 34.8%, 6.5% and 19.3%, respectively). The main barriers to the provision of these services in current practice were lack of: time (86.1%), coordination with other health care professionals (61.1%), staff or resources (57.2%), financial compensation (50.8%), and clinical tools (45.5%).
Although community pharmacists think they should play a significant role in health promotion and prevention, they recognize a wide gap between their ideal and actual levels of involvement. The efficient integration of primary-care pharmacists and pharmacies into public health cannot be envisioned without addressing important organizational barriers.
BMC Public Health 03/2012; 12:192. · 2.08 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To assess the feasibility and impact of implementing ProFiL program to optimize community-pharmacist management of drug-related problems among chronic kidney disease patients followed in a predialysis clinic. The program comprises a training workshop, communication-network program and consultation service.
Forty-two community pharmacies, 101 pharmacists, and 90 chronic kidney disease patients attending a predialysis clinic in Laval (Canada). Patients were followed-up for 6 months.
In a six-month, pilot, open, cluster-randomized controlled trial, community pharmacies were assigned to ProFiL or the usual care. Chronic kidney disease patients of these pharmacies attending a predialysis clinic were recruited. ProFiL pharmacists attended a workshop, received patient information (diagnoses, medications, and laboratory-test results) and had access to a consultation service. Their knowledge and satisfaction were measured before and after the workshop. The mean numbers of pharmacists' written recommendations to physicians (pharmaceutical opinions) and refusals to dispense a medication were computed.
Of the ProFiL pharmacists, 84% attended the workshop; their knowledge increased from 52% to 88% (95% CI: 29-40%). Most ProFiL pharmacists rated workshop (95%), communication program (82%) and consultation service (59%) as "excellent" or "very good"; 82% said the program improved the quality of their follow-up. The consultation service received 21 requests. ProFiL and usual care pharmacists issued a mean of 0.50 and 0.02 opinion/patient, respectively, (95% CI of the adjusted difference: 0.28-1.01 opinion/patient).
The results of this pilot study suggest that ProFiL can be implemented and may help community pharmacists intervene more frequently to manage drug-related problems. However, a larger-scale study with longer follow-up is necessary to evaluate the impact of the program on management of drug-related problems and its clinical relevance.
International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 10/2008; 30(6):924-33. · 1.27 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Use of over-the-counter medications and natural products may be associated with drug-related problems among patients with chronic renal insufficiency. The aim of this study is to describe the use of nonprescription medications in patients attending a predialysis clinic and identify drug-related problems associated with the use of these products.
In a 6-month cluster randomized controlled trial, patients with moderate (n = 46) and severe (n = 41) chronic renal insufficiency were interviewed over the telephone at baseline by a community pharmacist to document their use of over-the-counter medications and natural products. The safety of each product was assessed, and drug-related problems were identified independently by 2 pharmacists.
Overall, 83% (95% confidence interval [CI], 72 to 94) of patients with moderate chronic renal insufficiency and 68% (95% CI, 54 to 83) with severe chronic renal insufficiency reported using at least 1 over-the-counter medication. Contraindicated over-the-counter medications were reported by 9% of patients. Natural products were used by 22% (95% CI, 10 to 34) and 29% (95% CI, 15 to 43) of patients with moderate and severe chronic renal insufficiency, respectively. Similarly, 3% of patients reported using at least 1 contraindicated natural product. Patients had consulted a health professional for 49% of over-the-counter medications and 19% of natural products. Overall, 65 drug-related problems were identified.
The use of over-the-counter medications and natural products is highly prevalent in patients with chronic renal insufficiency and often is associated with a drug-related problem. These results emphasize the importance for community pharmacists to closely monitor the use of these products in patients with chronic renal insufficiency.
American Journal of Kidney Diseases 03/2007; 49(2):245-56. · 5.29 Impact Factor