Integrating pharmacists into care teams: A qualitative systematic review protocol

Bhavini Patel, Carol Davy, Heather Volk, Alice Gilbert, Tamsin Cockayne

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    Objective: This review will systematically examine the qualitative literature reporting on strategies that have been used (or could be developed) by health care services to integrate pharmacists into a multidisciplinary health care team.

    Introduction: Delivery models of pharmaceutical care have been developed, trialed and refined since this concept was first defined more than 30 years ago. Delivery models that integrate pharmacists within a multidisciplinary team allow pharmacists to play a pivotal role in improving health outcomes for patients and contributing to patient self-management. Systematic reviews clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of these models; however, the attitudes, beliefs, expectations, understandings, perceptions and experiences of these multidisciplinary teams is less clear.

    Inclusion criteria:
    The populations of interest in this review are health care providers, including hospital specialists, general practitioners, nurses, health workers, pharmacists, allied health workers, aged care workers, Indigenous health workers and health promotion workers. The phenomena of interest are attitudes, beliefs, expectations, understandings, perceptions and experiences of the populations of interest arising from experiencing, developing or implementing strategies that have or could support the integration of pharmacists into multidisciplinary health care teams.

    The databases to be searched include PubMed, Cochrane, EBSCO (CINAHL), Embase, MedNar, Trove and Australian Indigenous Health Infonet. Studies published from 2011 onwards and in English will be considered for inclusion. Selected studies will be assessed for methodological quality by two independent reviewers, using standardized critical appraisal instruments. Where possible, qualitative research findings will be pooled. Where textual pooling is not possible, the findings will be presented in narrative form.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1299-1304
    Number of pages6
    JournalJBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


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