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Engaging Nigerian community pharmacists in public health programs: assessment of their knowledge, attitude and practice in Enugu metropolis

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, November 2015
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Title
Engaging Nigerian community pharmacists in public health programs: assessment of their knowledge, attitude and practice in Enugu metropolis
Published in
Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, November 2015
DOI 10.1186/s40545-015-0048-0
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Authors

Ogochukwu Offu, Maureen Anetoh, Matthew Okonta, Obinna Ekwunife

Abstract

The Nigerian health sector battles with control of infectious diseases and emerging non-communicable diseases. Number of healthcare personnel involved in public health programs need to be boosted to contain the health challenges of the country. Therefore, it is important to assess whether community pharmacists in Nigeria could be engaged in the promotion and delivery of various public health interventions. This study aimed to assess level of knowledge, attitude and practice of public health by community pharmacists. The cross sectional survey was carried out in Enugu metropolis. Questionnaire items were developed from expert literature. Percentage satisfactory knowledge and practice were obtained by determining the percentage of community pharmacists that were able to list more than 2 activities or that stated the correct answer. Attitude score represents the average score on the 5 point Likert scale for each item. Chi square and Fisher's exact test were used to test for statistically significant difference in knowledge, attitude and practice of public health between different groups of community pharmacists. Forty pharmacists participated in the survey. About one third of the participants had satisfactory knowledge of public health. With the exception of one item in attitude assessment, average item score ranged from 'agreed' to 'strongly agreed'. Study participants scored below satisfactory on practice of public health. Knowledge, attitude and practice of public health were not influenced by years of practice, qualification and prior public health experience. Reported barriers to the practice of public health include inadequate funds, lack of time, lack of space, cooperation of clients, inadequate staff, government regulation, insufficient knowledge, and remuneration. Level of knowledge and practice of public health by community pharmacists were not satisfactory although they had a positive attitude towards practice of public health. The findings highlight the importance of educational interventions targeted towards practicing community pharmacists to improve their knowledge level on public health issues. Providing incentives for public health services rendered could increase community pharmacists' engagement in public health activities.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 62 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 12 19%
Student > Master 9 15%
Lecturer 7 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 8%
Other 10 16%
Unknown 13 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 16 26%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 19%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 11%
Social Sciences 4 6%
Engineering 2 3%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 16 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. 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 23 November 2016.
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#2,023,463
of 8,674,965 outputs
Outputs from Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
#44
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#65,072
of 247,597 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
#3
of 8 outputs
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