Independent community pharmacist interest in participating in community pharmacy research networks

Molly B. Carr, Holly Divine, Cathy Hanna, Patricia R. Freeman, Karen Blumenschein

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Objectives: To assess the interest of American Pharmacy Services Corporation (APSC) independent community pharmacists in participating in a community pharmacy research network (CPRN) and to identify perceived barriers to participation in a CPRN. Design: Descriptive, exploratory, nonexperimental study. Setting: University of Kentucky and APSC during 2009-10. Participants: 65 APSC independent community pharmacists in Kentucky. Intervention: Single-mode survey. Main outcome measure: Independent community pharmacists' willingness to participate in community-based research and perceived barriers to participation. Results: A total of 65 independent community pharmacists from 191 pharmacies returned the survey. The majority of independent community pharmacists were "interested" or "very interested" (83.8%) in participating in a CPRN. Respondents were willing to participate for a mean (±SD) of 6.5 ± 5.8 hours per week. However, they reported only being able participate in a CPRN for 5.2 ± 4.1 hours per week, with time being the greatest limitation to participation. An overwhelming percentage of respondents (92.1%) were interested in learning more about opportunities to participate in a CPRN in the future. Conclusion: CPRNs are an emerging interest in community pharmacy practice. A CPRN is an opportunity for independent community pharmacies to collaborate and use resources as a group to conduct research to solve issues in the community pharmacy setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-738
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Pharmacists Association
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011

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  • Community pharmacy
  • Community pharmacy research networks
  • Practice-based research networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology


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