Dr Lee Thompson
Working towards higher levels of collaboration and the provision of more integrated primary care services is a current focus of attention in Canterbury. As part of this emphasis, community pharmacy has been identified as one of the professional groups whose practice could evolve to enhance levels of integration and collaboration. Role evolution is not a straightforward process and we need to understand a great deal more about how a variety of affected groups might understand, facilitate and/or resist role evolution. In particular, we need to understand in some depth the perceptions of community pharmacists themselves, general practitioners who are the professionals with whom pharmacists work most closely, and pharmacy users who may or may not be confused by unexpected providers offering different health-related services or offering these in unexpected ways or places. It is these perceptions which this project aims to investigate.
Funded by Canterbury Medical Research Foundation