Pharmacists' views on implementing a disease state management program for low back pain

Christina Abdel Shaheed, Christopher G. Maher, Kylie A. Williams, Andrew J. McLachlan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Pharmacists have the potential to take a lead role in the primary care management of people with acute low back pain. The aim of this study was to investigate pharmacists' views on implementing a care program for people with acute low back pain in the community pharmacy. Recruitment of pharmacists for this study took place between July 2012 and March 2013. A convenience sample of 30 pharmacists who collaborated in recruiting participants for a low back pain clinical trial in Sydney (n≤15 pharmacist recruiters and n≤15 non-recruiters) completed an open-ended questionnaire. There was no marked variation in responses between the two groups. Participating pharmacists were receptive to the idea of implementing a care program for people with low back pain, highlighting the need for adequate reimbursement and adequate training of staff to ensure it is successful. Pharmacists identified that the follow up of people receiving such a service is dependent on several factors such as effective reminder systems and the proximity of patients to the pharmacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-217
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • evidence-based management
  • musculoskeletal conditions
  • primary care

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