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The Community Pharmacist: Perceived Barriers and Patient-Centered Care Communication

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Department of Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, Polytechnic University of Marche, 60020 Ancona, Italy
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Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, 98168 Messina, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 536; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020536
Received: 13 November 2019 / Revised: 9 January 2020 / Accepted: 11 January 2020 / Published: 15 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Societal Side Effects: The Wider Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Society)
Nowadays, the classic perception of the pharmaceutical profession in community pharmacies is facing worldwide extinction due to many factors. Among the numerous factors, online pharmacies are increasingly gaining ground thanks to their ability to facilitate customer demand. Nevertheless, they are endangering “face-to-face” contact, affecting the building of customer loyalty based on direct “human” interaction, and consequently reducing pharmacists to mere commercial figures. Patient-centered care communication is emphasized as the essential element to build a solid and appropriate interpersonal relationship with the patient, to make the consultancy process effective, and to strengthen the pharmacist’s professionalism in community pharmacy. This paper presents a narrative review of existing literature with the first aim of pinpointing the factors affecting pharmacy professional practice, and secondly, of how to improve patient-centered communication skills. A more widespread introduction of in-depth study and practice of behavioral, communication, educational, and sociological methodologies and techniques would allow for the development of more effective skills used for providing an efficient consultancy service, improving the capacity of future professionals to approach public relations. View Full-Text
Keywords: effective communication; community pharmacy; modern pharmaceutical services; on-line pharmacy; health literacy; pharmacist’s re-professionalization; communication skills improvement; efficient consultancy service effective communication; community pharmacy; modern pharmaceutical services; on-line pharmacy; health literacy; pharmacist’s re-professionalization; communication skills improvement; efficient consultancy service
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Ilardo, M.L.; Speciale, A. The Community Pharmacist: Perceived Barriers and Patient-Centered Care Communication. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 536.

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