ACTION RESEARCH AS A TOOL FOR TRANSFORMATION OF THE PHARMACIST’S PRAXIS IN PRIMARY CARE


Grazielli C. B. De Oliveira, Mateus R. Alves, Djenane Ramalho- De-oliveira

Abstract


Objective: Describe and discuss the use of action research in the Pharmaceutical Assistance restructuring of primary care in the city of Lagoa Santa/MG (Brazil), for the implementation of comprehensive medication management services.

Methods: An action research project, based on fortnightly thematic discussions with a group of ten pharmacists, was used as a management tool to foster the engagement and critical reflection of pharmacists involved in the construction of their clinical practice in primary care.

Results: Action research encouraged pharmacists to think about their practices and to perceive the need for a clearer definition of their roles and responsibilities in primary care. The collective development allowed pharmacists to recognise their weaknesses and strengths, identifying themselves as professionals capable of assuming co-responsibility for the pharmacotherapy of the patient. The re-organization of the service was necessary to provide support for actions related to the logistic of medicines, so pharmacists could dedicate time to their clinical practice.

Conclusion: Action research can be an effective instrument of reflection, motivation and empowerment for the pharmacist team to meet the challenges of the Brazilian Unified Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde, SUS).


Keywords


Medication Therapy Management, Comprehensive medication management, Pharmaceutical care, Primary health care, Pharmaceutical services, Action research, Qualitative research

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Title

ACTION RESEARCH AS A TOOL FOR TRANSFORMATION OF THE PHARMACIST’S PRAXIS IN PRIMARY CARE

Keywords

Medication Therapy Management, Comprehensive medication management, Pharmaceutical care, Primary health care, Pharmaceutical services, Action research, Qualitative research

DOI

10.22159/ijpps.2017v9i3.16486

Date

03-02-2017

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International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vol 9, Issue 3, 2017 Page: 180-185

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0975-1491

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Grazielli C. B. De Oliveira
Centro de Estudos em Atenção Farmacêutica (Center for Pharmaceutical Care Studies), Department of Social Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Brazil

Mateus R. Alves
Centro de Estudos em Atenção Farmacêutica (Center for Pharmaceutical Care Studies), Department of Social Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Brazil

Djenane Ramalho- De-oliveira
Centro de Estudos em Atenção Farmacêutica (Center for Pharmaceutical Care Studies), Department of Social Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Brazil


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