A Qualitative Study Regarding the Involvement of Pharmacists and Current Status of Multi-occupational Cooperation/issues in Home Medical Care
Iryo Yakugaku (Japanese Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences)
The medical system has been changing from medical institutions to home medical care with an increase in the number of elderly persons. Home medical care is a type of interprofessional team care, requiring pharmacists participation. However, insuf cient cooperation with other occupations makes participation dif cult under some circumstances. In this study, we interviewed 5 pharmacists who had participated in home medical care in Aichi Prefecture with respect to the involvement of pharmacists in
... ome medical care and opinions regarding multi-occupational cooperation (semi-structured interview), and qualitatively analyzed their responses using the Grounded theory approach. Concerning the involvement of pharmacists in home medical care, two characteristics were extracted: pharmacists viewpoint required for home medical care and relationship with other occupations . In the eld of home medical care, the number of requests for the management of terminal-stage patients has increased, and pharmacists must perform viewpoint of medical staff -based management, such as sterile preparation and emergency management. On the other hand, pharmacists viewpoint of living people to support patients feelings or lifestyle and view of life and death were required for the management of terminal-stage patients. With respect to the relationship with other occupations, the results showed that pharmacists low-level recognition of the contents of home service affected cooperative work, suggesting the necessity of presenting the pharmacists position to contribute to other occupations and establishing a face-to-face relationship.