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Pharmacy 2018, 6(3), 82; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy6030082

Training Needs of Manitoba Pharmacists to Increase Application of Assessment and Prescribing for Minor Ailments into Practice: A Qualitative and Quantitative Survey

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College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5, Canada
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Independent Researcher Pharmacists Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4H1, Canada
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Received: 21 June 2018 / Revised: 30 July 2018 / Accepted: 1 August 2018 / Published: 4 August 2018
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Abstract

Current literature demonstrates the positive impact of pharmacists prescribing medication on patient outcomes and pharmacist perceptions of the practice. The aim of this study was to understand the factors affecting prescribing practices among Manitoba pharmacists and identify whether additional training methods would be beneficial for a practice behavior change. A web-based survey was developed and participation was solicited from pharmacists in Manitoba. Descriptive statistics were calculated to summarize the frequency of demographic characteristics. Chi-square tests were used to explore possible correlations between variables of interest and thematic analysis of qualitative data was completed. A total of 162 participants completed the survey. The response rate was 12.3%. Of those who had met the requirements to prescribe, none were doing so on a daily basis and 23.5% had not assessed or prescribed since being certified. Respondents identified the top barriers for providing this service as a lack of sufficient revenue and a lack of time. Qualitative analysis of responses identified additional barriers including a limiting scope and inadequate tools. Approximately half (54.4%) of respondents expressed that additional training would be of value. The themes identified from the survey data suggest that practice-based education would help pharmacists apply skills. In addition, expansion of prescribing authority and strategies addressing remuneration issues may help overcome barriers to pharmacists prescribing within Manitoba. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacists; prescribing; professional development; minor ailments; continuing education needs; survey pharmacists; prescribing; professional development; minor ailments; continuing education needs; survey
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Shearer, B.; Ng, S.; Dunford, D.; Kuo, I.F. Training Needs of Manitoba Pharmacists to Increase Application of Assessment and Prescribing for Minor Ailments into Practice: A Qualitative and Quantitative Survey. Pharmacy 2018, 6, 82.

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