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dc.contributor.advisor Manyama, T. L.
dc.contributor.advisor Tshitake, R. M. Moloto, Brilliant Noko 2020-08-18T09:41:53Z 2020-08-18T09:41:53Z 2019
dc.description Thesis (M. A. (PHARM.) -- University of Limpopo, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction Multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach has emerged as one solution to improving chronic kidney disease (CKD) care. The MDT may include a nephrologist, physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and social workers, all working together to deliver effective care to patients with CKD. Participation of pharmacists within the renal MDT at Polokwane hospital seems to be limited. The perceived barriers to pharmacists providing renal care services to CKD patients at Polokwane hospital could inform future strategy development, to enhance their participation. The aim of this study was to explore the role of pharmacists in renal care and develop strategies to maximise their participation in the renal multidisciplinary health care team, based on their participation at Polokwane hospital, Limpopo province. Method A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews was conducted with a purposeful sample of 8 members of the renal MDT and 9 pharmacists. The audiotaped interviews were transcribed exactly as said and analysed using thematic content analysis. Results Four themes emerged from the analysis: ‘pharmacist’s current scope of practice within the renal MDT’, ‘potential future roles of pharmacists’, ‘perceived barriers to participation of pharmacists within the renal MDT’ and ‘recommendation/Strategies to incorporate pharmacists into the MDT’. Results have shown that pharmacists have an absent role within the renal MDT. Their role is limited to just dispensing and managing stock, with no role in direct patient care. Both pharmacists and MDT members showed preference to working together during renal care. Pharmacy services suggested include medication reviews, provision of patient education and counselling, patient adherence improvement, dosage workouts, patient monitoring and education on contraindicated drugs and drug interactions. Shortage of staff, pharmacists lack of clinical skills, lack of communication and attitude of pharmacists were perceived as the major barriers to participation of pharmacists within the renal xii MDT. To overcome these barriers, it was recommended that the department of health (DoH) provide more pharmacy staff and educational opportunities in the form of workshops, to equip pharmacists clinically and broaden competency and knowledge on effective communication and coordination. In addition, it was recommended that the clinical curriculum at Universities be revised, to build solid foundation on MDT care and pharmacology and that the MDT programme be standardized through standard treatment guidelines (SOP’s), policies and drawing of job descriptions. Conclusion The role of pharmacists at Polokwane hospital is confined to just stock management and dispensing. There are promising avenues for future development of their role during patient care, which can be achieved by addressing the barriers highlighted Recommendations The expansion of the role of pharmacists within the renal MDT will require improved partnership between health care professionals, resources, legislations and guidance from formal SOPs. Having a national framework for pharmacy practice from Ministry of Health, supported by educational opportunities and a pro-active professional association would be key to incorporating pharmacists within the renal MDT. en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 107 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Chronic kidney disease en_US
dc.subject Pharmacists en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Chronic renal failure -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Kidneys -- Diseases -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pharmacists -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.title Development of strategies to increase participation of pharmacists in the renal multidisciplinary health care team at Polokwane Hospital, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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