Pharmacists working in residential aged care: a survey of pharmacist interest and perceived preparedness

Amanda J Cross, Deborah Hawthorne, Lisa Kouladjian O'Donnell, Kenneth Lee, Amy Theresa Page

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pharmacists involvement in residential aged care facilities has traditionally been limited to that of an external contractor providing medication reviews, or medication supply.

AIM: To explore Australian pharmacists' interest and perceived preparedness to work as on-site pharmacists in residential aged care.

METHOD: National cross-sectional anonymous online survey open for two weeks (September 17th to October 1st 2022) consisting of Likert-type, multiple choice and multiple selection questions. Australian pharmacists were recruited using a broad advertising strategy which included social and traditional media platforms, and snowball sampling. Data were collected on pharmacist self-reported interest and perceived preparedness to work as on-site aged care pharmacists in residential aged care. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics.

RESULTS: Responses were received from 720 participants, 643 were eligible. Most participants were female (n = 466, 73%) and mean (SD) age was 43.5 (SD 12.5) years. Over half the participants were interested or extremely interested in working as an on-site aged care pharmacist (56%, n = 360), and agreed or strongly agreed (n = 475, 76%) that they felt prepared to work as an on-site aged care pharmacist. Most pharmacists felt prepared to engage in a variety of roles within the facilities (> 73% for each role), including resident and system level roles, and the majority agreed they felt prepared to engage with stakeholders, including general practitioners (93%) and medical specialists (86%).

CONCLUSION: Pharmacists reported they are interested and feel prepared to work as on-site aged care pharmacists. These findings will inform the roll-out of this new model of care to enhance multidisciplinary collaboration in residential aged care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-514
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Volume46
Issue number2
Early online date5 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

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