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Title: What is a Pharmacist: Opinions of Pharmacy Department Academics and Community Pharmacists on Competences Required for Pharmacy Practic
Authors: Atkinson, Jeffrey
Paepe, Kristien
Sánchez-Pozo, Antonio
Rekka, Dimitrios
Volmer, Daisy
Hirvonen, Jouni
Bozic, Borut
Skowron, Agnieska
Mircioiu, Constantin
Marcincal, Annie
Koster, Andries
Wilson, keith
Schravendijk, Chris
Wilkinson, Jamie
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: This paper looks at the opinions of 241 European academics (who provide pharmacy education), and of 258 European community pharmacists (who apply it), on competences for pharmacy practice. A proposal for competences was generated by a panel of experts using Delphi methodology. Once finalized, the proposal was then submitted to a large, European-wide community of academics and practicing pharmacists in an additional Delphi round. Academics and community pharmacy practitioners recognized the importance of the notion of patient care competences, underlining the nature of the pharmacist as a specialist of medicines. The survey revealed certain discrepancies. Academics placed substantial emphasis on research, pharmaceutical technology, regulatory aspects of quality, etc., but these were ranked much lower by community pharmacists who concentrated more on patient care competences. In a sub-analysis of the data, we evaluated how perceptions may have changed since the 1980s and the introduction of the notions of competence and pharmaceutical care. This was done by splitting both groups into respondents < 40 and > 40 years old. Results for the subgroups were essentially statistically the same but with some different qualitative tendencies. The results are discussed in the light of the different conceptions of the professional identity of the pharmacist.
Publisher: MDPI
Keywords: Education
Academic
Practice
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/45005
ISSN: 2226-4787
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Atkinson, J. [et al]. What is a Pharmacist: Opinions of Pharmacy Department Academics and Community Pharmacists on Competences Required for Pharmacy Practice. Pharmacy 2016, 4, 12. [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/45005]
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