Pharmacist prescribing: Views of Australian hospital pharmacists

Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
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Journal Article
Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 2005, 35 (3), pp. 178 - 180
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Aim: To explore the views of a sample ofAustralian hospital pharmacists on prescribing privileges. Method: The study involved a questionnaire and a focus group discussion for hospital pharmacists and teacher practitioners. Participants could participate in either or both ofthese activities. Results: 15 pharmacists completed the questionnaire and 8 participated in the focus group discussion. Several models of pharmacist prescribing (discharge and specialist settings) were seen to be appropriate and useful to Australian practice. 93% ofpharmacists noted that prescribing privileges would enable them to provide more efficient/improved pharmaceutical care; 64% that prescribing would result in reduced healthcare costs; and all noted physician opposition as a barrier. Pharmacists indicated that they already prescribed on' an 'unofficial' basis. Training and accreditation beyond registration was deemed necessary by all pharmacists.
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