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Multidisciplinary views towards the clinical pharmacist: a hospital palliative cancer care team perspective in Malta.

Atkins, Sean Ryan; Cunningham, Scott


Sean Ryan Atkins


Objectives: To explore the views of the multidisciplinary healthcare team towards the role of the clinical pharmacist within the palliative care unit of an oncology hospital in Malta. At present, in Malta, clinical pharmacists are not routinely involved in care provision with palliative cancer care teams and there is a need to consider their role. Methods: Three 60 min audio‐recorded heterogeneous focus groups were conducted with eligible healthcare providers at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre in Mater Dei Hospital. The topic guide was based on literature and was assessed for face and content validity by an expert panel. The transcripts were analysed using the framework method whereby emerging categories and themes were devised. Key findings: A total of four doctors, ten ward nurses, two Hospice community nurses, three nursing aides, one psychologist and six allied healthcare professionals consented to participate. The framework analysis resulted in four main categories namely: (1) pharmacists as the expert reference point; (2) availability of clinical pharmacists in providing clinical services on ward level; (3) attitudes towards potential clinical services provided by clinical pharmacists; and (4) clinical pharmacists as a link with the community on pharmaceutical matters. Conclusions: The general view of healthcare providers on the clinical pharmacist's role in palliative cancer care was largely supportive and positive. This should encourage policy makers to introduce clinical pharmacy services within this setting.


ATKINS, S.R. and CUNNINGHAM, S. 2018. Multidisciplinary views towards the clinical pharmacist: a hospital palliative cancer care team perspective in Malta. Journal of pharmaceutical health services research [online], 9(4), pages 327-333. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 12, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 5, 2018
Publication Date Dec 31, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 16, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 6, 2019
Journal Journal of pharmaceutical health services research
Print ISSN 1759-8885
Electronic ISSN 1759-8893
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 4
Pages 327-333
Keywords Health policy; Health services research; Qualitative research
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