Background= Community pharmacists in Thailand have extended their roles to
provide pharmaceutical care services. PharmD graduates working as community
pharmacists were expected to contribute to this service. However, there was
lack of evidence about preparing PharmD graduates for employment in this
Aim= To explore community pharmacists’ perceptions towards the PharmD
programme in preparing PharmD graduates for employment in community pharmacies.
A cross-sectional survey questionnaire was distributed
to 200 community pharmacists at the 2013 Community Pharmacy Association
conference. Descriptive statistics were used to present the participants’
demographics and perceptions. An inductive thematic analysis was used to
analyse the open-ended written answers.
Forty valid responses were included in the data analysis. Twenty six
respondents (65%) agreed that PharmDgraduates
were suitable to work as community pharmacists as they have knowledge and
skills in pharmaceutical care. However, nine respondents perceived that PharmD
graduates required more preparation to work in community pharmacies. They
thought that the PharmD curriculum provided fewer experiences in community
pharmacies as compared to clerkships in hospital settings. The PharmD
curriculum should increase applied knowledge (e.g. disease screening, home
health care services and marketing). About half (47.5%) of respondents felt
that there was no difference in competency between PharmD graduates and BPharm
graduates with regards to their work performance in community pharmacies.
Conclusion= Community pharmacists perceived that PharmD graduates had adequate
knowledge of pharmaceutical care. However, more or different preparations were
required before the PharmD graduates were deem suitable for employment in
community pharmacy settings.
PharmD graduates, community pharmacists, perceptions, PharmD programme,