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The role of pharmacists in developing countries: the current scenario in Pakistan

Overview of attention for article published in Human Resources for Health, July 2009
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Title
The role of pharmacists in developing countries: the current scenario in Pakistan
Published in
Human Resources for Health, July 2009
DOI 10.1186/1478-4491-7-54
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Saira Azhar, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim, Maqsood Ahmad, Imran Masood, Asrul Akmal Shafie

Abstract

During the past few years, the pharmacy profession has expanded significantly in terms of professional services delivery and now has been recognized as an important profession in the multidisciplinary provision of health care. In contrast to the situation in developed countries, pharmacists in developing countries are still underutilized and their role as health care professionals is not deemed important by either the community or other health care providers. The aim of this paper is to highlight the role of pharmacists in developing countries, particularly in Pakistan. The paper draws on the literature related to the socioeconomic and health status of Pakistan's population, along with background on the pharmacy profession in the country in the context of the current directions of health care. The paper highlights the current scenario and portrays the pharmacy profession in Pakistan. It concludes that although the pharmacy profession in Pakistan is continuously evolving, the health care system of Pakistan has yet to recognize the pharmacist's role. This lack of recognition is due to the limited interaction of pharmacists with the public. Pharmacists in Pakistan are concerned about their present professional role in the health care system. The main problem they are facing is the shortage of pharmacists in pharmacies. Moreover, their services are focused towards management more than towards customers. For these reasons, the pharmacist's role as a health care professional is not familiar to the public.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Namibia 1 <1%
Nepal 1 <1%
Thailand 1 <1%
Egypt 1 <1%
Unknown 156 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 40 25%
Student > Bachelor 32 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 10%
Student > Postgraduate 15 9%
Researcher 12 8%
Other 25 16%
Unknown 20 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 50 31%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 47 29%
Social Sciences 8 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 4%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 4%
Other 17 11%
Unknown 26 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 October 2019.
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#7,428,551
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#608
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#51,736
of 97,133 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Human Resources for Health
#1
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