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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


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

Qualitative, focus group based study.

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

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

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

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10041448

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