Pharmacy students attitude and perception toward working in community pharmacy in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Pharm J. 2020 Apr;28(4):397-402. doi: 10.1016/j.jsps.2020.01.021. Epub 2020 Feb 4.


Objective: The objective of this study is to determine the level of attitude and perception of Saudi pharmacy students toward working in community pharmacies after graduation and to assess cultural, educational, and job related barriers and limitations that interfere with students and community pharmacy as a favorable workplace.

Methods: A cross sectional questionnaire, was mailed to a random sample of 600 pharmacy students. It included questions on students' future careers, ideal environment and barriers that might face them in community pharmacy.

Results: Four hundreds and twelve (412) completed the survey (response rate was 69%). Mean age was 23 years and 51.2% of respondents were female. Our results revealed low responses toward how interested they are to work in community pharmacy. The study response showed that improvement in salary and money incomes (46%) and culture and society issue (45%) are the two main barrier to make the career in community pharmacy more attractive.

Conclusions: Saudi pharmacy students had a negative attitudes and insufficient knowledge about community pharmacy. Pharmacy school would have an important role to fill the knowledge gap and prepare the student to work in the community pharmacy. In order to successfully "Saudization" the community pharmacy setting, efforts should be made to overcome their perceived barriers.