Pharmacy relationships struggling

WHEN it comes to treating patients with chronic illness, pharmacists find GPs to be “insular”, uncollaborative and even defensive, a new study claims.

The Australian research, based on face-to-face interviews with 18 pharmacists and seven doctors with regard to asthma care, found both parties initially describe their relationship as being “very good”.

However, further questioning by researchers at Sydney University revealed “a mismatch of attitudes and expectations between the two professions” and that “collaboration between the two professions is low”.

Some pharmacists suggested GPs were threatened by their involvement in patient care. 

“Doctors are a bit insular; they tend to socialise with each other, and that actually carries over to the workplace,” one unnamed pharmacist was quoted as saying.

Pharmacy Guild president Kos Sclavos told MO that most