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The real impact of COVID-19 on community pharmacy professionals as part of the primary health care frontier workforce in Spain

Manouchehri, Marjan, Bhamra, Sukvinder, Fernández-Alfonso, María, Gil-Ortega, Marta (2021) The real impact of COVID-19 on community pharmacy professionals as part of the primary health care frontier workforce in Spain. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacognosy Research, 9 (6). pp. 878-891. ISSN 0719-4250. (KAR id:89990)

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Abstract

Context: Spain was at the epicentre of the pandemic. Health centres across Spanish territory refused to respond to non-emergency enquiries, leaving community pharmacies as the first point of patient’s contact.

Aims: To investigate the impact of COVID-19 on the mental and physical health of community pharmacy teams across Spain.

Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was performed with community pharmacy professionals throughout Spain. A questionnaire designed by our collaborator from the United Kingdom was adapted to the Spanish population and launched between October 2020 and February 2021.

Results: A total of 98 participants responded to the questionnaire. The survey showed an 80% increase in workload. The pandemic had negatively impacted the well-being of community pharmacy professionals. The survey indicated a national shortage of medicines and personal protective equipment across Spain, particularly during the first peak. To adapt to this pandora's box of COVID-19, 96% of the pharmacies changed their settings to improve patients and staff's safety. Most of these changes were self-financed by the pharmacy owner. The pharmacists kept up to date with information released from the pharmacists' college, General Pharmaceutical Council and the Spanish Society of Community Pharmacists. The Public domain purchased more (79%) immune booster supplements.

Conclusions: Community pharmacy team have faced tremendous mental, physical and professional pressure in providing adequate personal protective equipment and medication supply to their communities. They have resisted delivering more pharmaceutical services during the crisis, because they have not been recognised as essential healthcare workers by the healthcare system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: community pharmacy team; mental health; wellbeing
Subjects: H Social Sciences
R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Dr Sukvinder Bhamra
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2021 12:11 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2021 12:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/89990 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bhamra, Sukvinder: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0032-0552
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