Readiness of Community Pharmacists to Play a Supportive and Advocacy Role in the Fight against Corona Virus Disease: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study
Background: As the coronavirus illness pandemic continues to impose a strain on healthcare systems worldwide, it is vital to analyse whether every part of the healthcare system is ready to respond.
The study sought to determine whether community pharmacists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are willing to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
The study employed a descriptive cross-sectional survey as its methodology. A descriptive analysis was used to identify the demographic characteristics of the sampled population, as well as frequency tables and graphs to determine the practise, readiness, attitudes, and knowledge of community pharmacists. The means of the subset of knowledge on COVID-19 aetiology, prognosis, and management, and the practise, attitudes were compared in a one-way analysis of variance to see if the difference was significant in predicting preparedness to play a supporting role in the battle against COVID-19.
Results: Adherence to the Ministry of Health’s recommended recommendations for COVID-19 treatment and control as indicated by the practise of a community pharmacist. Approximately 74% cleaned all contact surfaces on a regular basis, and 69 percent performed basic temperature checks on personnel and consumers. Community pharmacists in Saudi Arabia viewed the fight against COVID-19 positively [m = 4.08, with a reasonably small difference in percentage distribution between those who were doubtful and those who claimed to be extremely satisfied (20 percent).] Community pharmacists in KSA revealed considerable awareness of COVID-19, as all respondents (100%) were aware of the basic symptoms of COVID-19, 62 percent were aware of COVID-19 management options, and 81 percent considered the ministry’s material was adequate. A p value of 0.00 suggested that the findings were significant enough to support the hypothesis that community pharmacists in KSA were eager to help battle COVID-19.
Conclusion: The data show that Saudi Arabian community pharmacists are prepared to participate in COVID-19 pandemic preparation and response.
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, TU, P.O. BOX: 888, Haweiah 21974 Saudi Arabia.