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Attitudes and Perceptions About the Role of a Clinical Pharmacist in In-Patient Management among Nurses at a Tertiary Government Hospital, Sri Lanka

Authors:

N. Clindon ,

University of Jaffna, LK
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Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
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R. Surenthirakumaran,

University of Jaffna, LK
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Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

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S. Thuvaragan

University of Jaffna, LK
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Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

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Abstract

Background: In many countries, clinical pharmacy services are accepted and implemented for safe use of medications. The main function of a clinical pharmacist is to identify and prevent drug related problems. Clinical pharmacy services in Sri Lanka are yet to be accepted. Positive attitudes of healthcare professionals including nurses are important determinants for implementation of clinical pharmacy services.

 

Objectives: To assess attitudes and perceptions about the role of a clinical pharmacist in in-patient management and the influence of socio demographic, work-related and personal factors among nurses at a selected teaching hospital, Sri Lanka.

 

Method: A descriptive crosssectional study was conducted among 278 nurses working at a selected teaching hospital, Sri Lanka. A pre-tested, validated, self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data and were analyzed using Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS) version 23. Descriptive and bivariate analysis was used to analyze data.

 

Result: The respondent rate was (N=278) 68.4%. Most of the participants (79.9%) were females and mean age was 31.24±5.93 years. The majority of the participants had positive (N=234, 84.2%) attitudes and perceptions on the role of a clinical pharmacist in in-patient management. However, low acceptance was observed on clinical pharmacists, providing drug knowledge to nurses (25.9%), instructing nurses on incompatibilities in drug admixtures (63.3%), involvement in drug utilization review (61.9%), and developing individualized dosage regimes (71.2%). Age (p=0.046), practicing in special units (p=0.019), views on clinical pharmacists (p=0.003), need for drug information (p=0.007), and methods used to search drug information (p=0.015) were significantly associated with attitudes and perceptions on the role of clinical pharmacist in in-patient management.

 

Conclusion: The current study revealed that there was positive attitudes and perceptions among nurses of the study hospital towards the role of a clinical pharmacist in in-patient management.
How to Cite: Clindon, N., Surenthirakumaran, R. and Thuvaragan, S., 2020. Attitudes and Perceptions About the Role of a Clinical Pharmacist in In-Patient Management among Nurses at a Tertiary Government Hospital, Sri Lanka. Pharmaceutical Journal of Sri Lanka, 10(1), pp.74–84. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/pjsl.v10i1.59
Published on 31 Dec 2020.
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