A PILOT STUDY HIGHLIGHTING DIFFERENCES IN PHARMACISTS’ PERCEPTIONS REGARDING USE OF PHARMACOGENETIC INFORMATION IN THEIR PROFESSION (IN LOUISVILLE METRO AREA) BASED ON PRACTICE SETTINGS

AJOY K, MARIA LM, CEBALLOS C ARJUN PD, SUJIT S, HIEU TT

Abstract


The aim of this study was to highlight differences in pharmacist’s perceptions regarding use of pharmacogenetic information in their professional activities based on their practice settings. A survey was electronically administered using the Survey Monkey to 48 practicing pharmacists in the hospitals and non-hospital study groups which include community pharmacy and managed care around the metro Louisville, Kentucky area
Barring minor deviations, there was overall homogeneity in our pilot study group’s general knowledge, overall confidence in pharmacogenetics and perceptions about possible impact of this emerging field in their profession, regardless of their professional practice environment. Overall low to moderate levels of pharmacists’ confidence in pharmacogenetics and related areas even a decade after completion of Human Genome Project (HGP) seems to be a matter of concern.


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