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Nurses perception of pharmaceutical care practice: A qualitative approach

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Zelal Kharaba



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© Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, 300001 Nigeria.Purpose: To evaluate the perception of nurses regarding pharmaceutical care services in the healthcare system of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province of Pakistan. Methods: This qualitative study was implemented by conducting semi-structured interviews. For data collection, interviews (face-to-face) were conducted after developing an interview guide. The interviewees were 18 nurses and were interviewed at their nursing stations in hospitals. Interviews were continued until the data reached a saturation point. The respondents signed a written consent form before the start of the interview. Results: From the thematic content analysis, five major themes were extracted as stated here: (a) incognizance of pharmaceutical care; (b) collaboration of nurses and pharmacists; (c) improper distribution system; (d) lack of provision of patient counseling; and (e) pharmacist’s role in reducing prescribing errors. Conclusion: Based to the findings, Pakistani nurses have poor knowledge of pharmaceutical care, thus highlighting the need for organizing pharmaceutical care awareness programs for nurses. On the other hand, nurses have a positive perception of pharmacists’ roles in the healthcare system and want to work with them.

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Author(s): Kharaba Z, Kousar R, Alfoteih Y, Azhar S, Khan SA, Murtaza G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research

Year: 2020

Volume: 19

Issue: 4

Pages: 887-892

Online publication date: 30/04/2020

Acceptance date: 24/01/2020

Date deposited: 19/05/2020

ISSN (print): 1596-5996

ISSN (electronic): 1596-9827

Publisher: University of Benin


DOI: 10.4314/tjpr.v19i4.30


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