Exploring the challenges for clinical pharmacists in Sudan

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Elsadig , H , Weiss , M , Scott , J & Laaksonen , R 2017 , ' Exploring the challenges for clinical pharmacists in Sudan ' , International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy , vol. 39 , no. 5 , pp. 1047-1054 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11096-017-0521-8

Title: Exploring the challenges for clinical pharmacists in Sudan
Author: Elsadig, Hwaida; Weiss, Marjorie; Scott, Jenny; Laaksonen, Raisa
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clin­ical Phar­macy Group
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
ISSN: 2210-7703
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/298047
Abstract: Background Clinical pharmacy practice in hospitals is a new role for pharmacists in Sudan. Pharmacists have to face the challenge of moving from their traditional roles within the pharmacy premises to new roles on the wards with direct contact with patients and other healthcare professionals. Objectives To explore the role and challenges facing the clinical pharmacists of Sudan. Settings Two of the main government hospitals in Sudan and an online survey. Method This study applied a two phase mixed method, a focus group discussion and a survey. A FGD was conducted with the clinical pharmacists in two of the main government hospitals in Sudan. This was followed by an on-line survey among the clinical pharmacists of Sudan. Main outcome measure The role of the clinical pharmacists of Sudan and the challenges facing clinical pharmacy practice. Results Four pharmacists participated in the focus group and 51 out of 140 pharmacists (34%) completed the on-line survey. The roles that were perceived by the majority of pharmacists as part of their duties in hospitals in Sudan were identifying drug-related problems (100%, n = 51), providing drug-related information to healthcare professionals by (96%, n = 47), and educating patients about their medicines (96%, n = 48). The pharmacists identified a number of obstacles that hindered their progress in practice. These obstacles were related to the pharmacists themselves, the lack of senior clinical pharmacists for leadership, the environment they were working in and the training they had received in clinical pharmacy. Conclusion The new clinical pharmacists in Sudan faced several challenges that need to be overcome in order to move forward in their clinical practice. To do so they will require support from pharmacy educational institutions, other healthcare professionals and the healthcare institutions they are working within.
Subject: 317 Pharmacy
PHARMACISTS
pharmacist role
clinical pharmacy
hospital pharmacy
SUDAN
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