Physician perceptions of integrating pharmacists into health care in Bangladesh
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© 2018 The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia Background: Pharmacy schools in Bangladesh are introducing clinical pharmacy education so that future graduates can provide patient care services in collaboration with physicians. Aims: The objective of this study is to assess physicians’ attitude towards future patient-centered roles of pharmacists in Bangladesh. Methods: An electronic survey was distributed to randomly selected physicians (n = 160) practising at various settings in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Results: The survey response rate was 64%. Physicians felt comfortable with the future roles of pharmacists in dispensing medications (81%), educating patients on the safe use of medications (85%), detecting/preventing prescription errors (56%), designing drug therapy regimens (78%), monitoring safety (80%) and therapeutic outcomes (62%). Conclusion: Physicians were in favor of expanded roles of the profession towards patient-centered care. These findings may positively impact interprofessional dialogue as pharmacy education is undergoing restructuring to introduce clinical pharmacy practice in Bangladesh.
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Islam, M. A., Khan, S. A., Gunaseelan, S., & Talukder, R. M.