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Advancing the pharmacist’s role in promoting the appropriate and safe use of dietary supplements
Joanna E. Harnett1; Carolina Oi Lam Ung2; Hao Hu3; Mustafa Sultani4; Shane P. Desselle5
2019-06
Source PublicationCOMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE
ISSN0965-2299
Volume44Pages:174-181
Abstract

Background

Natural products (NPs) are widely purchased as dietary supplements (DS) in pharmacy outlets. U.S. pharmacists report multiple barriers in adopting a professional role that ensures the appropriate and safe use of DS.

Objective

To elicit pharmacist and key stakeholder perceptions about the actions needed to enable pharmacists to fulfill a professional role related to DS use.

Methods

An interview guide was developed based on the existing literature. A grounded theory approach involving in-depth, semi-structured key informant audio-recorded phone interviews. Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim, and thematic analysis using open coding, grouping, and categorizing into emergent themes was conducted.

Results

22 interviews were conducted with 12 practicing pharmacists and 10 organizational representatives. In general, pharmacists proposed they could develop and promote themselves in this area, and all participants offered opinions about the actions they believed would facilitate the development of a more structured service and formalized role for pharmacists providing care related to DS use. Four key areas were identified (1) Education and training; (2) Strategies for ensuring high standards related to DS safety and quality assurance (3) Workplace resources (4) DS Research.

Conclusions

Despite the challenges facing pharmacy related to DS use, pharmacists and key stakeholders hold constructive and practical ideas about how to transform the current DS landscape into an opportunity that develops pharmacist’s professional role and facilitates the appropriate and safe use of DS by Americans.

KeywordNatural Products Dietary Supplements Complementary Medicine Pharmacy Pharmacists Herbal Medicines: Education Regulation Traditional Medicine
DOI10.1016/j.ctim.2019.04.018
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaIntegrative & Complementary Medicine
WOS SubjectIntegrative & Complementary Medicine
WOS IDWOS:000471082500025
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Corresponding AuthorCarolina Oi Lam Ung
Affiliation1.The University of Sydney School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, Room 2058, N22 Building, University of Macau, Taipa, Macao
3.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, Room 2057, N22 Building, University of Macau, Taipa, Macao
4.Touro University College of Pharmacy, 1310 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592, USA
5.Touro University California, College of Pharmacy, 1310 Club Drive. Vallejo, CA 94592, USA
Corresponding Author AffilicationInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
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Joanna E. Harnett,Carolina Oi Lam Ung,Hao Hu,et al. Advancing the pharmacist’s role in promoting the appropriate and safe use of dietary supplements[J]. COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE,2019,44:174-181.
APA Joanna E. Harnett,Carolina Oi Lam Ung,Hao Hu,Mustafa Sultani,&Shane P. Desselle.(2019).Advancing the pharmacist’s role in promoting the appropriate and safe use of dietary supplements.COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE,44,174-181.
MLA Joanna E. Harnett,et al."Advancing the pharmacist’s role in promoting the appropriate and safe use of dietary supplements".COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE 44(2019):174-181.
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