Providing pharmaceutical care remotely through medicines delivery services in community pharmacy

Oisin Kavanagh, Aaron Courtenay, Fatimah Khan, Deborah Lowry

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Abstract

Background
The delivery of pharmaceutical care – and what that means – has been at the centre of many transformations of the pharmacy profession in the last century. Today, the exponential growth of pharmacies which provide pharmaceutical care exclusively online has placed increased scrutiny on the quality of the care they provide.
Aim
As more patients are managed by remote pharmaceutical care (via medicines delivery services), we sought to critically evaluate this service to identify new research directions.
Methods
The COnsolidated criteria for REporting Qualitative research and Standards for reporting qualitative research guideline provided the methodological framework throughout this process.
Results
We reveal that although home delivery services ensure that many patients have access to their medicines, it may reduce time available to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care, particularly in traditional brick-and-mortar pharmacies.
Conclusion
We highlight a critical need for research in this area and suggest a variety of research directions: is remote pharmaceutical care a matter of convenience? Does remote pharmaceutical care help patients adhere to their medicines? How do digital health innovations impact care across patient demographics? What does comprehensive pharmaceutical care mean for patients?
Original languageEnglish
JournalExploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy
Volume8
Early online date8 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 8 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Community pharmacy
  • Delivery services
  • Home delivery
  • Pharmacy services
  • Pharmaceutical care

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