Pharmacy specialists’ attitudes toward pharmaceutical service quality at community pharmacies
Results. Two main dimensions of pharmaceutical service quality were extracted: pharmacotherapeutic aspects (provision of information about drug therapy, possible side effects, health promotion, the amount of time spent with a patient, and the ascertainment that a patient understood the provided information) and socioeconomic aspects (considering patient’s needs and financial capabilities, making a patient confident with the services provided). Pharmacy specialists evaluated the quality of both dimensions positively, but the quality of the first dimension was rated significantly worse than that of the second dimension. The attitudes of pharmacy specialists working at independent pharmacies were more positive toward pharmacotherapeutic aspects as compared to the specialists working at chain or state pharmacies. Pharmacotherapeutic aspects were rated better by pharmacy specialists, aged ≥55 years, than those younger than 45 years. Moreover, the attitudes of 45–54-year-old pharmacy specialists toward the socioeconomic aspects were more positive as compared with those of 35–44-year olds. Pharmacists rated the socioeconomic aspects of pharmaceutical service quality worse as compared with pharmacy technicians. The attitudes of pharmacy specialists working at pharmacies with 6–9 specialists were more negative toward pharmacotherapeutic aspects than those of the pharmacies with 1–2 specialists. Pharmacy specialists working at pharmacies with ≥10 specialists reported lower scores of socioeconomic aspects as compared to those working at pharmacies with fewer specialists. Men evaluated both pharmacotherapeutic and socioeconomic aspects worse than women. The evaluation of pharmaceutical service quality did not differ by pharmacy location.
Conclusions. Two dimensions of pharmaceutical service quality were determined. According to Lithuanian pharmacy specialists, the quality of pharmacotherapeutic aspects at community pharmacies was worse than that of socioeconomic aspects. The evaluation of the quality of pharmaceutical service significantly differed according to the specialists’ sex, age, qualification, and type and size of pharmacies.
Urbonas, G.; Jakušovaitė, I.; Savickas, A. Pharmacy specialists’ attitudes toward pharmaceutical service quality at community pharmacies. Medicina 2010, 46, 686.
Urbonas G, Jakušovaitė I, Savickas A. Pharmacy specialists’ attitudes toward pharmaceutical service quality at community pharmacies. Medicina. 2010; 46(10):686.Chicago/Turabian Style
Urbonas, Gvidas; Jakušovaitė, Irayda; Savickas, Arūnas. 2010. "Pharmacy specialists’ attitudes toward pharmaceutical service quality at community pharmacies." Medicina 46, no. 10: 686.