Community pharmacy services were under pressure during the peak of COVID 19 epidemic as they were the only healthcare professionals open for face to face consultations to the public under social isolation.
With the great recognition of the role of pharmacists during this period, comes the extra demand on them and thus this provides an opportunity to identify new working models for this accessible healthcare team in the community while ensuring the reach of their services and maintaining their own wellbeing.
The aim of this PhD programme is to investigate the feasibility of a new model for remote pharmacy services and virtual consultations and how digital platforms including video virtual consultations can increase community pharmacy capacity and reach to the public. Through this project, primarily the main reasons of people visiting community pharmacy will be ascertained and those feasible to be delivered remotely and the preferred format will be identified. The project, in its second stage, will propose and devise a model for virtual pharmacy consultations and explore its feasible implementation, acceptance and adoption within the community setting by pharmacists and the public alike.
No funding is available for this project
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