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Knowledge about the availability of the pharmacist in the Nuclear Medicine Department: A questionnaire-based study among health-care professionals

Author(s): Subramani Parasuraman, KK Mueen Ahmed, Tin Soe @ Saifullah Bin Hashim, Selvadurai Muralidharan, Kalaimani Jayaraja Kumar, Wu Yet Ping, Balakrishnan Syamittra, Sokkalingam Arumugam Dhanaraj

Objective: The objective of this study was to analyze the knowledge about the availability of the pharmacist in the nuclear medicine department among health‑care professionals through a prospective cohort study. Methods: A total of 741 health‑care professionals participated in the study by answering 10 simple questions about the role of the pharmacist in the nuclear medicine department and the availability of pharmacist in the nuclear medicine department. An online questionnaire system was used to conduct the study, and participants were invited to participate through personal communications and by promoting the study through social websites including Facebook, LinkedIn and Google (including Gmail and Google+). The study was conducted between April 2013 and March 2014 using the http://www.freeonlinesurveys.com/Web server. Finally, the data provided by 621 participants was analyzed. Group frequency analysis was performed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16 (SPSS Inc. USA). Results: The participants were from Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UAE and Nepal. In total, 312 (50.2%) female health‑care professionals and 309 (49.8%) male health‑care professionals participated in the study. Of the 621 participants, 390 were working in hospitals, and 231 were not working in hospitals. Of the participants who were working in hospitals, 57.6% were pharmacists. The proportion of study participants who were aware of nuclear pharmacists was 55.39%. Awareness about the role of the pharmacist in nuclear medicine was poor. Conclusion: The role of the pharmacist in a nuclear medicine unit needs to be highlighted and promoted among health‑care professionals and hence that the nuclear medicine team can provide better pharmaceutical care.


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