Interprofessional pharmaceutical care: the physician's view of the nurse's work
Keywords:pharmaceutical care; medication management; interprofessional collaboration; teamwork; nursing.
Introduction: In health care related to medication usage, multiple professionals interact, without boundaries of responsibilities and great variability between contexts and countries.
Objetive(s): Recognize the portuguese physicians’s view about the roles of nurses in interprofessional pharmaceutical care (PC).
Methods: Qualitative, descriptive, exploratory study. Intentional selection and semi-structured interview with eight physicians with relevant experience in PC. Coding and content analysis of relevant extracts from the interviews.
Results: The role of nurses in interprofessional PC was considered relevant and fit into the preparation, administration, monitoring, prescription and education of the user and caregiver. The prescription of medication by nurses is not consensual among the participants, although some consider this possibility under specific conditions. The nurse-user/caregiver relationship is highlighted as a strength and specific training in pharmacotherapy as a weakness.
Conclusion: Physicians consider the role of nurses in the PC to be relevant. There is receptivity, so that this is reinforced throughout the process, also integrating the prescription, when it becomes clear that the nursing curricula are differentiated in the PC.
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