Published:  May 27, 2014DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2014.40510
Improved chronic diseases management calls for teams with inter-professional collaboration. The study aims to assess pharmacists’ involvement in collaborative practice with physicians and nurses in anti-retroviral therapy units of five hospitals. Institution based cross-sectional survey with a sample size of 43 pharmacists, physicians and nurses, was conducted in May 2012. The response rate was 86.05% and involved 11 pharmacists, 6 physicians and 20 nurses. The role of the pharmacist was focused on dispensing and patient counseling. Consultation was given to other health professionals by 45.45% of the pharmacists but 54.54% of the pharmacists were not satisfied with their role. 72.72% of the pharmacist indicated collaboration on drug toxicities, side effects and on patient status with physicians and nurses; and rated their working communication and relation with physicians (72.72%) and nurses (81.81%) as ‘very good’. 36.36% of the pharmacists believed that there was no equitable decision making on patient cases. 84.62% of the physicians and nurses rated their collaboration with ART pharmacists as ‘good’ and ‘very good’. Overall, pharmacists’ involvement in collaborative practice with nurses and physicians was found to be a little bit engaging with the patient as compared to the traditional role despite the gaps that exist.
Alemseged Ayele Asfaw, Nahom Mulugeta Mamo, Samson Tadesse Molla, Segewkal Hawaze., Pharmacists’ Involvement in Collaborative Practices in Anti-Retroviral Therapy Units of Five Governmental Hospitals in Addis Ababa. J App Pharm Sci, 2014; 4 (05): 056-060.
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