Opinion of Nigerian Pharmacists on Enlistment of Physiotherapists as Supplementary Prescribers of Relevant Medications
American Journal of Health Research
Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014, Pages: 29-33
Received: Sep. 2, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 19, 2014; Published: Sep. 27, 2014
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Onigbinde Ayodele Teslim, Department of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Ojo Mojisola Ayodele, Department of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
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There is increasing evidence that combining pharmacotherapy and physiotherapy is an effective tool towards effective management different pathologies. Physiotherapists in some countries have had prescription rights for more than a decade but this appears not to be the trend in Nigeria. In these countries, pharmacists played key roles in the change of policy which allowed allied health professionals to prescribe drugs. The primary aim of this study was to determine the opinion of pharmacists on the enlistment and legislation of physiotherapists as supplementary prescribers. A self administered questionnaire was used to obtain information from 110 pharmacists. Purposive sampling technique was used to select the hospitals and institutions. A descriptive statistics of frequency, percentages, standard deviation and Chi-square test were used to analyze the data. This study found that 70 respondents (70%) supported the enlistment of Physiotherapists as Supplementary Prescribers in Nigeria. The result of the Chi-square test showed that the number of respondents who supported the formulation of policy to allow physiotherapists to prescribe was significantly higher than the number of respondents who opposed it (X²= 16.00; P< 0.001). Also, 60 respondents (63.8%) are aware that physiotherapists are supplementary prescribers in some foreign countries. Also, 79 respondents (71.8%) opined that physiotherapists should be allowed to prescribe NSAIDs while 73 (66.4%) respondents opined physiotherapists should be allowed to prescribe analgesics. Most Pharmacists (71.9%) are unaware that cardiopulmonary physiotherapists can prescribe inhaler for patients requiring the use in some foreign countries. This study concluded that most pharmacists are of the opinion that Physiotherapists should be enlisted as supplementary prescribers and that a policy should be formulated to guide prescription by them.
Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Supplementary Prescription, Drugs
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Onigbinde Ayodele Teslim, Ojo Mojisola Ayodele, Opinion of Nigerian Pharmacists on Enlistment of Physiotherapists as Supplementary Prescribers of Relevant Medications, American Journal of Health Research. Special Issue:Supplementary Prescribing in Nigeria: A Needy Concept to Promote Clinical Physiotherapy Practice. Vol. 2, No. 5-1, 2014, pp. 29-33. doi: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2014020501.16
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