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Development of a strategic model for integrating complementary medicines into professional pharmacy practice
Ung C.O.L.2; Harnett J.1; Hu H.2
2018-07-01
Source PublicationResearch in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
ISSN15517411
Volume14Issue:7Pages:663-672
Abstract

Background: Traditional medicine (TM) and complementary medicine (CM) products have played an increasingly important role in the business of pharmacy for over two decades in a number of countries. With a focus on the quality use of all medicines including complementary medicines, there have been a number of initiatives to encourage the integration of TM/CM products into professional practice. Recent studies report that many of the barriers that prevent such integration remain. Objectives: To explore the pharmacists' perspective regarding how barriers to the integration of TM/CM products into the professional practice of pharmacy could be resolved. Methods: Purposive sampling and snowballing were used to recruit 11 registered pharmacists who had worked in community pharmacy for a minimum of 6 months to participate in one of 3 focus groups. Focus group questions informed by previous studies, explored participants' perspectives on the actions required to support professional services related to TM/CM products. Results: Pharmacists proposed that five key stakeholders (professional pharmacy organizations, universities, government, pharmacy owners, and pharmacists) enact 4 developments that require a collaborative effort (“education and training”, “building the evidence base”, “developing reliable and accessible information resources”, and “workplace support for best practice”). Manufacturers of TM/CM products were not identified by pharmacists as collaborators in these developments. Conclusion: Collectively, the findings from this study support a strategic model to guide the integration of TM/CM products into the professional practice of pharmacy.

KeywordAustralia Complementary Medicine Pharmacist Pharmacy Practice Traditional Medicine
DOI10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.07.012
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Language英语
WOS Research AreaPublic, Environmental & Occupational Health ; Pharmacology & Pharmacy
WOS SubjectPublic, Environmental & Occupational Health ; Pharmacology & Pharmacy
WOS IDWOS:000436607800006
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Affiliation1.The University of Sydney
2.University of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ung C.O.L.,Harnett J.,Hu H.. Development of a strategic model for integrating complementary medicines into professional pharmacy practice[J]. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy,2018,14(7):663-672.
APA Ung C.O.L.,Harnett J.,&Hu H..(2018).Development of a strategic model for integrating complementary medicines into professional pharmacy practice.Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy,14(7),663-672.
MLA Ung C.O.L.,et al."Development of a strategic model for integrating complementary medicines into professional pharmacy practice".Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 14.7(2018):663-672.
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