Special Issue "Pharmacy Workforce Support Personnel"
A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (16 May 2020).
Interests: pharmacy workforce; pharmacist roles; pharmacy management; education research
Interests: pharmacy operations; innovation and entrepreneurship; pharmacy workforce; pharmacy management
Pharmacy workforce support cadres (technicians, pharmaconomists, and others) are increasingly recognized as critical for achieving effective patient care. Initial research suggests that job redesign and systems re-engineering to better leverage the support workforce results in greater operations efficiency and improved patient safety. Pharmacy workforce support personnel are embracing new roles as pharmacists’ practice becomes more patient-centered. Each country worldwide is witness to a different scope of practice, regulatory climate, and required training of its pharmacy support workforce, and there is much to be learned from one another. In some low- and middle-income countries, technicians might be the key link in the medication supply chain. However, there is still much debate about the necessary education for workforce personnel, and the salaries for these individuals are often too low to maintain commitment and equilibrium. This Special Issue of Pharmacy seeks current research related to the pharmacy support workforce, including examples of workflow realignment, shifting roles, quality assurance, and medication safety initiatives, as well as attempts to offer a work environment conducive to their development and self-actualization. For this Special Issue, we also welcome extended commentaries, reviews, and editorials grounded in peer-reviewed literature, as well as statements from professional and/or legislative bodies governing the practice of pharmacy at international, national, or more local/regional levels.
Prof. Shane P. Desselle
Assoc. Prof. Kenneth C. Hohmeier
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Pharmacy technician
- Pharmacy workforce
- Medication safety
- Pharmacy management