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Australian Community Pharmacists’ Experience of Implementing a Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Assessment Service

Gheewala, PA, Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882, Zaidi, STR ORCID: 0000-0002-2031-1055, Jose, MD ORCID: 0000-0002-9589-0071 and Castelino, RL 2018 , 'Australian Community Pharmacists’ Experience of Implementing a Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Assessment Service' , Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 15 , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.5888/pcd15.170485.

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Introduction:Community pharmacists are well positioned to deliver chronickidney disease (CKD) screening services. However, little isknown about the challenges faced by pharmacists during serviceimplementation. This study aimed to explore community pharmacists’experiences and perceived barriers of implementing aCKD risk assessment service.Methods:Data collection was performed by using semistructured, openendedinterview questions. Pharmacists who had implemented aCKD screening service in Tasmania, Australia, were eligible toparticipate. A purposeful sampling strategy was used to selectpharmacists, with variation in demographics and pharmacy location.A conventional content analysis approach was used to conductthe qualitative study. Transcripts were thematically analyzedby using the NVivo 11 software program. Initially, a list of freenodes was generated and data were coded exhaustively into relevantnodes. These nodes were then regrouped to form highly conceptualizedthemes.Results:Five broad themes emerged from the analysis: contextual fit withincommunity pharmacy; perceived scope of pharmacy practice;customer perception toward disease prevention; CKD – an underestimateddisease; and remuneration for a beneficial service. Pharmacistsfound the CKD service efficient, user-friendly, and of substantialbenefit to their customers. However, several pharmacistsobserved that their customers lacked interest in disease prevention,and had limited understanding of CKD. More importantly, pharmacistsperceived the scope of pharmacy practice to depend substantiallyon interprofessional collaboration between pharmacistsand general practitioners, and customer acknowledgment of pharmacists’role in disease prevention.Conclusion:Community pharmacists perceived the CKD service to be worthincorporating into pharmacy practice. To increase uptake, futureCKD services should aim to improve customer awareness aboutCKD before providing risk assessment. Further research investigatingstrategies to enhance general practitioner involvement inpharmacist-initiated disease prevention services is also needed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Gheewala, PA and Peterson, GM and Zaidi, STR and Jose, MD and Castelino, RL
Keywords: chronic kidney disease detection pharmacy
Journal or Publication Title: Preventing Chronic Disease
Publisher: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ISSN: 1545-1151
DOI / ID Number: 10.5888/pcd15.170485
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Copyright 2018 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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