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Barriers for implementing pharmacotherapy follow-up in community pharmacies from Granada (Spain) / Barreras para la implantación del seguimiento farmacoterapéutico en las farmacias comunitarias de Granada (España)

Author(s): Hidalgo Cabrera J | Cámara Núñez D | Baena MI | Fajardo PC | Martínez-Martínez F

Journal: Seguimiento Farmacoterapéutico
ISSN 1696-1137

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 144;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Pharmacotherapy follow-up | Barriers | Community pharmacy

Introduction: Despite pharmacotherapy follow-up has demonstrated being a valid technology to detect and resolve negative clinical outcomes, its implementation in community pharmacies was not so quick as expected. Objective: 1) to determine knowledge of pharmacotherapy follow-up of Granada pharmacists. 2) To determine the order of importance of implementation barriers for pharmacists in Granada Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive study. Through a self-administered questionnaire, opinions about the barriers to implementation of the practice of pharmacotherapy follow-up were collected from community pharmacists in Granada city. Results: From the 238 questionnaires delivered, 99 were returned, 41.6% reply rate. The majority of surveyed pharmacists (87.9%) are unfamiliar with the concept of pharmacotherapy follow-up, confusing it with dispensing. Lack of time appears to be considered the most important barrier by Granada pharmacists, followed by lack of training in follow-up and ignorance of the importance of drug-related problems. Conclusions: 1). The vast majority of Granada pharmacists are unfamiliar with pharmacotherapy follow-up. 2) According to Granada pharmacists, lack of time is the main barrier to the implementation of pharmacotherapy follow-up.
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