Title: Pharmacists' role in depression care: A survey of attitudes, current practices, and barriers
Authors: Scheerder, Gert ×
De Coster, Iris
Van Audenhove, Chantal #
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Publisher: The Association
Series Title: Psychiatric Services vol:59 issue:10 pages:1155-1161
Abstract: Objective: Pharmacists may be well placed to take up a role in depression care, complementing the role of general practitioners. However, depression care is a relatively new role for pharmacists, and little is known of their attitudes, current practices, and barriers toward it. Methods: A random sample of 200 community pharmacists in Belgium was surveyed about the care of patients with depression in comparison with patients with other, physical conditions. Results: The 69 pharmacists who responded to the survey generally endorsed a very positive attitude toward their potential role in depression care. This willingness was, however, not reflected in current practice, and fulfilling this role appeared to be more difficult with patients with depression in comparison with patients with other, physical conditions. A lack of training in mental health issues was the most important barrier reported. Cooperation with general practitioners in depression care was desired, but the current level of cooperation was rather low. Conclusions: For pharmacists to effectively take up depression care, perceived barriers need to be addressed through specific training programs and increased cooperation with general practitioners.
ISSN: 1075-2730
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:LUCAS - Centre for Care Research and Consultancy
Academic Center for General Practice
Field of Study Health Care Odisee
Department of Social Work - UC Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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