Exploring the Integration of Complementary Medicines into Australian Pharmacy Practice with a Focus on Different Practice Settings and Background Knowledge

Evelin Tiralongo, Lesley Braun, Jennifer Wilkinson, Ondine Spitzer, Michael Bailey, Susan Poole, Michael Dooley

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Abstract

The widespread use of complementary medicines (CMs) within the general community, the health benefits and risks, and the role of pharmacists as advocates of appropriate use of medicines make it imperative to identify how pharmacists' meet customers CM information needs and lead quality use of medicine practices in regards to CMs within the pharmacy setting. A selfadministered questionnaire was completed by 736 Australian pharmacists as part of a larger study on the use of CM within pharmacy practice. Personal use of CMs was common (76%). Most pharmacists saw CM counselling as their professional obligation, however, mainly regarding safety aspects. Only 24% of pharmacists always asked customers presenting with prescription medicines about concomitant CM use. Only 34% of pharmacists personally recommended CMs and less than 20% notified the respective Australian agency about an adverse drug reaction. On average, pharmacists only achieved about 50% of the knowledge score in a CM knowledge test on clinically proven benefit of CMs and CM-drug interactions. Most pharmacists supported undergraduate (76%) and additional CM education for pharmacists (85%). Many differences between hospital and community pharmacists, pharmacists working in pharmacies with or without
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Exploring the Integration of Complementary Medicines into Australian Pharmacy Practice with a Focus on Different Practice Settings and Background Knowledge. / Tiralongo, Evelin; Braun, Lesley; Wilkinson, Jennifer; Spitzer, Ondine; Bailey, Michael; Poole, Susan; Dooley, Michael.

In: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2010, p. 1-21.

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