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Collaboration between family physicians and community pharmacists: Opinions of graduates in family medicine.
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PMID:  24029528     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the opinions of graduating family physicians about collaboration between family physicians and community pharmacists.
DESIGN: Anonymous online survey.
SETTING: Two French-Canadian university family medicine residency programs.
PARTICIPANTS: The 2010 and 2011 graduating family physicians (N = 343) from the University of Montreal and Laval University in Quebec.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Content of written prescriptions; frequency of and reasons for consultations with community pharmacists; and graduates' perceptions of sharing professional responsibilities with community pharmacists.
RESULTS: The response rate was 54.2%. Overall, graduates were open to collaborating actively with community pharmacists. For example, at least 60% of graduates reported that it was important to write on prescriptions about any changes to patients' medication and creatinine clearance. Most graduates responded positively to sharing responsibility for the adjustment of treatment of patients with certain chronic conditions (88.3% for anticoagulation, 64.7% for hypercholesterolemia, 61.2% for hypertension, and 60.6% for diabetes) and for the initiation of treatment of minor conditions according to a collective prescription (80.6% for traveler's diarrhea, 74.1% for juvenile acne, and 73.6% for allergic rhinitis). However, such interprofessional collaboration requires that each professional group continues to adapt to its roles and responsibilities.
CONCLUSION: Family medicine graduates are open to actively collaborating with community pharmacists, but they have some reservations regarding sharing certain responsibilities. As collaborative practices are changing, graduates' opinions should be documented once they are actually practising.
Luc Côté; Michelle Normandeau; Brigitte Maheux; Louise Authier; Louise Lefort
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian family physician Médecin de famille canadien     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1715-5258     ISO Abbreviation:  Can Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0120300     Medline TA:  Can Fam Physician     Country:  Canada    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e413-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Pavillon Ferdinand-Vandry, Room 2881E, 1050 avenue de la Médecine, Quebec city, QC G1V 0A3.
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