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Manitoba Pharmacists Should Have Expanded Role: Survey

March 11, 2016 2:46 PM | News


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The role of pharmacists in only dispensing medication can be so much more, and Manitobans are aware of that.

A new survey conducted by Abacus Data found that people realize the capabilities of pharmacists in looking out for a patient’s healthcare needs.

The survey, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Pharmacists Association and Pharmacists Manitoba, found Manitobans are aware pharmacists can review their medications (67%), administer a flu shot (82%) and other vaccines (56%), and prescribe medications for some minor health conditions (48%).

“Manitobans know that when pharmacists have the authority to provide health services it leads to better care, better health and better value for our health care dollar” said Sharon Smith, president of Pharmacists Manitoba.

The survey also found 93% of Manitobans believe pharmacists play an essential and important role in the healthcare system. That figure is slightly higher than national average of 82%.

The findings also show that Manitobans believe pharmacists should be given more authority to improve health outcomes (76%) and reduce healthcare costs (82%).

The survey was conducted online from February 19 to 25, 2016 and included a representative sample of 3,824 Canadians and 500 Manitobans aged 18 and older.