Gytis Palšauskas, Jurgita Daukšienė, Edita Kizevičienė, Romualda Gaurylienė


Background: Collaborative working relationships (CWR) between community pharmacists and physicians may help for the provision of better services for the patients, to detect medication therapy mistakes and to make better choices for the patients benefit. The aim of this study is to understand the opinion of physician on the possibilities of better CWR among pharmacist and general practitioners Methods: Surveys is selected in structured quantitative survey method. A questionnaire survey conducted by the 15 closed and 3 open questions. The empirical study was conducted in Panevezys from 2014-03-01 to 2014-05-16. Given the sample selection criteria, questionnaires entered into a 8 Panevezys City clinics. Questionnaires were given to 182 general practicioners. The Return rate of questionnaires 68%. The statistical analysis was performed using MS Excel statistical package. Results: 77 % of respondents believe that the cooperation between the doctor and pharmacy specialist is required in today‘s health care. 56 % of respondents considered that the Therapeutic drug monitoring should be performed by a physician. 79 of 123 respondents believe that interprofessional collaboration between a pharmacy specialist and the doctor is a key factor for a safer medication. 60 % of physicians (74 respondents) are cooperating with the pharmacy specialist for the patient‘s health related issues. 74 % of respondents have received a phone call from a pharmacy technician for false prescription , incompatibilities, diagnoses , and so on. Most of the physicians the need of collaboration with pharmacy professionasl in their daily professional practice rated with 6 points out of 10. 40 % of the respondents believe that the pharmaceutical care services and future patient‘s medical records could influence pharmacy specialist’s and physician’s collaboration. Conclusions: Poor interprofessional collaboration (IPC) can negatively affect the delivery of health services and patient care. Interventions that address IPC problems have the potential to improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes.

Keyword(s): pharmacy professionals; pharmacist; physicians; collabotation; pharmaciautical care.
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2015.108
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