Pharmacists' Knowledge and Beliefs about Antimicrobial Resistance and Willingness to Participate in Patient Education
Wolfe, Christine M.
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A mail survey was conducted with the cooperation of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) of registered pharmacists who were members of APhA and practicing in a community, chain, independent, hospital outpatient, or managed care setting to assess the current knowledge, beliefs, and practices of pharmacists in regards to antimicrobial use and their willingness to participate tn an educational campaign. Preliminary results from the first 234 surveys are discussed. Gaps in pharmacists' knowledge were found tn areas dealing with common cold symptoms and appropriate treatment of such symptoms. Lack of time, lack of educational materials, and concern about harming professional relationships with physicians were the three most frequently reported barriers to pharmacists' willingness to participate in an educational campaign targeting patients. Implications for implementation of an educational campaign are discussed.