Background= The PharmD programme is designed to produce a competent pharmacist
who provides pharmaceutical care to patients and work closely with health care
Aim. To explore the
perceptions of physicians and nurses regarding hospital pharmacy services
provided by PharmD graduates.
interviews were conducted with six physicians and five nurses at two hospitals in Thailand where PharmD graduates were employed. The data were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using
an inductive thematic analysis.
Results. Physicians and
nurses had positive views about pharmacy services provided by the PharmD
graduates and thought that they are effective members of the healthcare team.
They requested PharmD graduates’ participation during ward rounds (eg neonatal
care unit, intensive care unit and cardiac care unit) and patient counselling in the specialised ambulatory care
clinics (eg warfarin, oncology clinic) while nurses needed the PharmD graduates
to provide input for their medication consultation especially with medicines
which need close monitoring, adverse drug reaction monitoring, IV admixture.
The majority of the health care providers had good work
relationships with the PharmD graduates. Physicians suggested the PharmD
graduates to develop positive consultation techniques and communication skills.
Unfortunately, none of the hospitals surveyed could allocate PharmD graduates
in all units as requested by the health care team, due to the fact that the
pharmacy department had a high dispensing workload and a shortage of pharmacy
Conclusion= Health care providers reported high
satisfaction with the pharmacy services provided by the PharmD graduates
workings in the two hospitals in Thailand
Health care providers, PharmD graduates, hospital pharmacists, perceptions, Thailand