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Pharmacy 2016, 4(3), 23; doi:10.3390/pharmacy4030023

How Do Pharmacists Construct, Facilitate and Consolidate Their Professional Identity?

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Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK
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School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Fylde Rd, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
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Academic Editor: Ieva Stupans
Received: 10 April 2016 / Revised: 23 May 2016 / Accepted: 19 July 2016 / Published: 22 July 2016
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Abstract

The pharmacy profession continues to experience change regarding roles and responsibilities. The supply of medicines still remains a central function, but patient-facing, clinical roles are now becoming more commonplace, where pharmacists use their expert knowledge to maximise patient use of medicines. This transitional state from supplier of medicines to medicines expert raises questions over the contemporary professional identity of pharmacists. This literature-informed commentary highlights the current situation regarding how pharmacists’ identity is formed and reinforced. The authors suggest that the profession needs to be clearer in articulating what pharmacy does, and advocate the need for strong branding that the profession, public and other healthcare practitioners understand. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacy; professional identity; professionalism pharmacy; professional identity; professionalism
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Dawodu, P.; Rutter, P. How Do Pharmacists Construct, Facilitate and Consolidate Their Professional Identity? Pharmacy 2016, 4, 23.

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