- 医療薬学 (ISSN:1346342X)
- vol.38, no.6, pp.371-378, 2012-06-10 (Released:2013-06-12)
To clarify the issues involved in the promotion of pharmacists’ participation in home medical care, we performed a questionnaire survey on the implementation situation of home medical care and pharmacists’ attitudes and opinions in community pharmacies. We mailed a questionnaire to 715 community pharmacies in July 2010. The pharmacists’ attitudes and opinions were validated through text mining. 78.3% of community pharmacies were requested to visit a patient’s home and provide a pharmaceutical service, but only 53.0% of these visits were made. In many pharmacies, an average of 2.3 pharmacists provided care to within 5 patients and visited the patient’s homes twice a month. Meanwhile, 27.7% of the pharmacies delivered prescription medicines to nursing facilities, and of these, only 19.8% of the pharmacies provided instructions regarding pharmaceutical care. Only 9.1% of the pharmacists participated in training workshops related to home medical care. 48.4% of the pharmacists recognized that they had to provide pharmaceutical care visits for patients coming to their pharmacies. Only 3.7% of the pharmacists participated in joint directions at the time of hospital discharge. Results of text mining showed the need for pharmaceutical care visits for patients with poor compliance, those who found it difficult to go to the pharmacy or had dementia, and the elderly living alone. Also, the patients and other homecare staff felt the necessity for pharmacists to provide pharmaceutical care in the patient’s home. In conclusion, in order to promote home medical care, inhibitory factors such as lack of pharmacists’ manpower and cooperation with home care staff, and insufficient provision of training workshops for home medical care need to be tackled.