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Evaluation of Community
Pharmacists’ Involvement in Primary Health Care
C Oparah† and Evbade M Arigbe-Osula
Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, PMB 1154, Benin City, Nigeria
Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 2002; 1(2): 67-74
of community pharmacists in primary health care; determine extent of the
pharmacists’ participation in curative and preventive services, as well as
partially assess quality of the involvement.
27-item self-completion questionnaire with 0.92 reliability was administered to
110 community pharmacists in Benin City, Nigeria.
Data were collected on a scale that ranged from 27 to 135 with an assumed
neutral point of 81 and statistically analysed.
scored 87.92 ±
31.31, and over half (55%) were above the neutral point. This implies a slightly satisfactory but not significant
involvement (p = 0.25447). Mean total rating on curative services was 92.61±29.6,
p = 0.0759 with 58% above the neutral point. Infectious diseases accounted for
majority of the interventions. Involvement in preventive services was very poor.
Only 31% scored above the neutral point with a rating of 65.61±31.05,
p = 0.2377. Quality of involvement was 94.77±36.18
which was not significant (p = 0.2866). Majority of the respondents (94%)
claimed they would be prepared to participate in further training on primary
health care programme.
pharmacists are marginally involved in the primary health care programmes in
Benin City and are willing to improve on their performance. Continuing education
on primary health care and incorporation of primary health care role of
community pharmacists in the curriculum of pharmacy schools might be helpful.
Benin City, Community pharmacists, primary health care.
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