Funding for change: New Zealand pharmacists’ views on, and experiences of, the community pharmacy services agreement

Hannah Kinsey, Shane Scahill, Lynne Bye, Jeff Harrison

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Objective: To explore pharmacist’s views on the shift in ethos, funding and ser- vice delivery model introduced through the New Zealand’s Community Phar- macy Services Agreement (CPSA).

Methods: A purposive sampling approach drew pharmacists from a matrix who were then contacted via telephone and invited to be interviewed. Semistruc- tured interviews were conducted face-to-face with community pharmacists (n = 17) across urban and rural New Zealand. An interview schedule exploring 12 subject areas was used to facilitate discussion and determine pharmacist’s views and understanding of the CPSA. The interviews were recorded and tran- scribed verbatim and a general inductive approach was taken to identifying emergent themes.

Key findings: Key themes that emerged were: pharmacists supported the philos- ophy behind the CPSA, pharmacists understanding of the CPSA, implementing CPSA-related services, perceived impact on patient outcomes and future sus- tainability of the CPSA. Overall, pharmacists supported the alignment of fund- ing with patient-centred services, but pharmacy owners reported difficulty understanding the funding model, resulting in uncertainty over income. Several pharmacists believed the quality of care offered had not changed, while others found their attitudes towards care had evolved. All pharmacists communicated an increase in their workload and many perceived the sustainability of the CPSA to be linked to its ability to financially sustain community pharmacies.
Conclusions: The majority of pharmacists believed in the philosophy of the CPSA, but expressed concerns over funding, workload and benefits for patients. Future research is required to determine generalisability of these findings, investigate patient perspectives and assess the effect of the CPSA on patient outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-389
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Issue number6
Early online date28 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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