Special Issue "Social Pharmacy"
A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016).
Interests: medical sociology; pharmaceutical policy; the pharmacy profession; medical technology assessment; medication usage; social sciences and pharmacy; theory and methods in social pharmacy research; patient/lay perspectives on medicines
Medicines have an enormous impact on the people and societies that use them. Optimal drug use is essential for society in order to provide access to necessary medicines, as well as to avoid overuse, misuse or other forms of irrational use that can be expensive as well as dangerous for the health of the population. Obtaining information about, and understanding the impact of, medicines has become an important goal for society in general and for policymakers and decision-makers in particular. This is reflected by the increased research attention during the past decade on the role of pharmaceuticals and the pharmaceutical industry in modern life.
Since the 1970s, Social Pharmacy has evolved and contributed to the knowledge of the needs of patients and society, which have a mutual vested interest in getting the most effective, safest, and cheapest drugs from manufacturers to users.
Social Pharmacy is the multidisciplinary field of education and research that focuses on the role, provision, regulation and use of medicines in society. The scope is broad, covering the social, psycho-social, economic, and organizational aspects of medicines. It analyzes policy decisions made on the local, national, international and global levels concerning medicines. It spans a variety of themes, including medicine distribution and use; economics and financing; decision-making; health behaviour; health knowledge, health beliefs, health literacy; health and pharmaceutical policy; pharmacoinformatics; ethics; and pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance.
Social Pharmacy combines pharmacy studies with theories and methods from the social, psychological and humanistic disciplines. Core research encompasses the behaviour and perspectives of governments, local health authorities, third-party payers, healthcare professionals, and the pharmaceutical industry. Of particular interest is the user and patient perspective on medicine use.
Key topics include marketing, economics, distribution, communication, adherence (extent to which patients follow instructions as agreed), monitoring (control and supervision), and the individualization of drug use.
Dr. Janine M. Traulsen
Dr. Hanne Herborg
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- social pharmacy;
- pharmacy practice;
- medicine use;
- pharmaceutical policy;
- pharmacy education