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Community pharmacist participation in a practice-based research network: a report from the Medication Safety Research Network of Indiana (Rx-SafeNet).



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Journal of the American Pharmacists Association





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OBJECTIVE: To describe the experiences and opinions of pharmacists serving as site coordinators for the Medication Safety Research Network of Indiana (Rx-SafeNet).

SETTING: Retail chain, independent, and hospital/health system outpatient community pharmacies throughout Indiana, with a total of 127 pharmacy members represented by 26 site coordinators.

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Rx-SafeNet, a statewide practice-based research network (PBRN) formed in 2010 and administered by the Purdue University College of Pharmacy.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Barriers and facilitators to participation in available research studies, confidence participating in research, and satisfaction with overall network communication.

RESULTS: 22 of 26 site coordinators participated, resulting in an 85% response rate. Most (72.2%) of the respondents had received a doctor of pharmacy degree, and 13.6% had postgraduate year (PGY)1 residency training. The highest reported benefits of PBRN membership were an enhanced relationship with the Purdue University College of Pharmacy (81% agreed or strongly agreed) and enhanced professional development (80% agreed or strongly agreed). Time constraints were identified as the greatest potential barrier to network participation, reported by 62% of respondents. In addition, the majority (59%) of survey respondents identified no prior research experience. Last, respondents' confidence in performing research appeared to increase substantially after becoming network members, with 43% reporting a lack of confidence in engaging in research before joining the network compared with 90% reporting confidence after joining the network.

CONCLUSION: In general, Rx-SafeNet site coordinators appeared to experience increased confidence in research engagement after joining the network. While respondents identified a number of benefits associated with network participation, concerns about potential time constraints remained a key barrier to participation. These findings will assist network leadership in identifying opportunities to positively increase member participation in the future.


Medicine and Health Sciences | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Adult, Attitude of Health Personnel, Community Pharmacy Services, Community-Based Participatory Research, Cooperative Behavior, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Indiana, Leadership, Male, Medication Errors, Middle Aged, Patient Safety, Pharmacists, Professional Role, Program Evaluation, Risk Assessment, Surveys and Questionnaires

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