Expanded practice for rural community pharmacy: what are we waiting for?

Taylor, Selina, Cairns, Alice, and Glass, Beverley D. (2022) Expanded practice for rural community pharmacy: what are we waiting for? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 30 (1). pp. 86-88.

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Abstract

Objective To synthesise stakeholder (consumer, pharmacist and health professional) perspectives of expanded pharmacy practice in rural and remote community pharmacy.

Methods Comparison of perspectives of stakeholder groups identified by four studies has high-lighted the expected outcomes and anticipated barriers to expanded pharmacy practice. Aligning the studies has identified priority areas of health for which pharmacists may be able to provide expanded service delivery.

Key findings Expanded pharmacy services are supported by consumers, pharmacists and health professionals and are expected to improve health outcomes for rural and remote populations. Barriers will need to be overcome for expanded services to be sustainable in the future.

Conclusion The pharmacy profession will need to undertake a paradigm shift to professional practice and work towards this should begin to reduce the health inequality for rural populations.

Item ID: 72092
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 2042-7174
Keywords: full scope of practice, remote pharmacy, extended practice
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 08:06
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420321 Rural and remote health services @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3214 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences > 321403 Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice @ 50%
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