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Exploring the Future Role of Pharmacists in Medication Prescribing

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Pharmacists taking on prescribing roles could revolutionize primary healthcare by improving accessibility and quality. However, the concept remains legally unestablished in several countries, including the Netherlands. Understanding public opinion is crucial for assessing the feasibility and acceptance of this potential shift in responsibilities.

Citizen Platform Insights

A Citizen Platform was conducted in October 2022 in the Netherlands, engaging citizens over 18 in a one-day program filled with interactive assignments and expert presentations. Participants were divided into three groups, each tasked with conceptualizing an ideal future scenario where pharmacists play a role in prescribing within primary care. These scenarios were then consolidated and preconditions for implementation were identified.

The shared scenario envisioned a primary care center where general practitioners (GPs), pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals work collaboratively. Pharmacists would be empowered to adjust treatments for chronic diseases, manage minor ailments, and support GPs in caring for patients with complex needs. Essential preconditions for this model included integrated medical records, GPs maintaining overall patient care oversight, and additional training for pharmacists.

Focus Group Perspectives

To gauge the perspectives of less informed citizens, two online focus groups were held in February 2023. These discussions revealed five thematic concerns about pharmacist prescribing, highlighting a more skeptical view. Concerns included potential conflicts of interest and the adequacy of pharmacists’ training for such responsibilities.

The skepticism among less informed citizens underscores the importance of transparent communication and education about the role of pharmacists in prescribing. Addressing these concerns is vital for fostering broader acceptance.

Valuable Inferences

– Collaborative care models are favored, with integrated roles for GPs and pharmacists.
– Shared medical records are crucial for effective pharmacist prescribing.
– Additional pharmacist training is necessary for expanded roles.
– Addressing public skepticism requires clear communication about pharmacists’ capabilities and safeguards against conflicts of interest.

In conclusion, while informed citizens can envision a collaborative primary care model involving pharmacist prescribing, less informed citizens remain cautious. Their concerns highlight the need for thorough education and transparent policies to ensure successful implementation.

Original Article: Explor Res Clin Soc Pharm. 2024 May 23;14:100453. doi: 10.1016/j.rcsop.2024.100453. eCollection 2024 Jun.

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