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What do pharmacists think of peer review of medicine use reviews?

AIM: To explore pharmacists’ views of peer review as a means of improving the quality of medicines use reviews (MURs)

by Geoffrey Harding and Michael Wilcock

Abstract 

Aim
To explore pharmacists’ views of peer review as a means of improving the quality of medicines use reviews (MURs).

Design
Qualitative, focus group based study.

Subjects and setting
11 self selected community pharmacists and primary care trust pharmacists.

Results
Pharmacists had some definite concerns over the application of peer review as a means to improving the MUR service. These issues were covered by three themes:

  • defining peer review
  • political context of peer review
  • peer review as professional self regulation

Conclusion
Proposals in the White Paper for peer review as a means of quality assurance of MURs need to be informed by the concerns of practising community pharmacists, otherwise there is a risk that peer review will be seen as a negative experience rather than a positive supportive one.

 

Geoffrey Harding, PhD, is senior research fellow at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Exeter.

Michael Wilcock, MRPharmS, is head of the prescribing support unit, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust.

Correspondence to:
Michael Wilcock, Pharmacy Department, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3LJ
(mike.wilcock@ciospct.cornwall.nhs.uk)

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10041448

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