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Community pharmacists’ views on their current role and future opportunities for antibiotic stewardship: a French qualitative study

Abstract : Abstract Background Different healthcare professionals should contribute to antibiotic stewardship (ABS) activities. Involvement of community pharmacists (CPs) has been little explored worldwide to date. Objectives To explore French CPs’ views on ABS and antibiotic resistance, their role and current practices, and future opportunities for ABS. Methods A qualitative study using semi-structured face-to-face individual interviews was performed from May to October 2019 among CPs from north-eastern France. Transcripts of the interviews were analysed using a thematic analysis. Results Twenty-seven interviews were conducted. Most participants had a clear understanding of antibiotic resistance and ABS. They considered themselves as ‘guardians of the appropriate use of drugs’ but often failed to fulfil this mission because of difficult relationships with physicians. Their current ABS practices are: (i) counselling patients about the antibiotic treatment; and (ii) reporting to the prescriber when they identify contraindications/drug interactions. Concerning their potential increased involvement in ABS, CPs felt they could perform more rapid diagnostic testing for sore throat; they were divided on the possibility for them to change the antibiotic prescription made by a physician and were mainly against the possibility of initiating an antibiotic prescription. The idea of systematically collecting unused antibiotics was perceived well by CPs, while unit dose delivery was not. Conclusions French community pharmacists are willing to become more involved in ABS activities. Collaboration and trust between pharmacists and prescribers should however be improved.
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Anaïs Essilini, Amélie Pierre, Aurélie Bocquier, Céline Pulcini, Christophe Wilcke, et al.. Community pharmacists’ views on their current role and future opportunities for antibiotic stewardship: a French qualitative study. JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance, 2021, 3 (3), pp.dlab129. ⟨10.1093/jacamr/dlab129⟩. ⟨hal-03494497⟩

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