Facilitating collaboration between pharmacists and physicians using an iterative interview process

J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2014 Jan-Feb;54(1):35-41. doi: 10.1331/JAPhA.2014.13104.


OBJECTIVE To elicit and describe mutually agreed upon common problems and subsequent solutions resulting from a facilitated face-to-face meeting between pharmacists and physicians. DESIGN Descriptive, exploratory, nonexperimental study. SETTING Wisconsin from October to December 2011. PARTICIPANTS Physicians and community pharmacists. INTERVENTION Face-to-face semistructured interviews with pharmacists and physicians from the same community, informed by previous individual interviews. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Methods to enhance collaboration and barriers to implementing collaboration between pharmacists and physicians. RESULTS Physicians and pharmacists generated ideas in which collaboration could improve patient care, including controlled substance monitoring, medication adherence, collaborative practice agreements for point-of-service issues, and a mechanism for urgent communication. Methods on how to collaborate on these issues also were discussed. CONCLUSION Bringing physicians and pharmacists together for a face-to-face interaction that was informed by information gained in previous individual interviews successfully stimulated conversation on ways in which each profession could help the other provide optimal patient care. This interaction appeared to dispel assumptions and build trust. The results of this project may provide pharmacists with the confidence to reach out to their physician colleagues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Communication*
  • Community Pharmacy Services
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Medication Adherence
  • Patient Care
  • Pharmacies
  • Pharmacists*
  • Physicians*