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Chronicles of a primary care practice pharmacist

Authors Freeman C, Cottrell N, Kyle G, Williams, Nissen L

Received 13 September 2012

Accepted for publication 15 October 2012

Published 19 November 2012 Volume 2012:1 Pages 13—18

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IPRP.S38102

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 4


Christopher R Freeman,1 W Neil Cottrell,1 Greg Kyle,2 Ian D Williams,3 Lisa M Nissen1

1School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; 2Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia; 3Camp Hill Healthcare, Camp Hill, Brisbane, Australia

Background: In 2009, a pharmacist commenced working in a nondispensing role at a primary care medical center located in a metropolitan suburb of Brisbane, Australia. Research into the role and function of a practice pharmacist in this setting is still in its infancy.
Methods: Ethnographic methods were used over a 3-month period to record activities undertaken by the practice pharmacist on a daily basis.
Results: During the 3-month period, 296 hours of activity were documented. Activities the practice pharmacist performed most frequently included medication review, “pharmaceutical opinion,” student supervision, drug information, and administrative tasks.
Conclusion: This study demonstrates the broad range of activities which were conducted by a practice pharmacist in the primary care setting as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Keywords: practice pharmacist, general practice, integration, medical center

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