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Challenges to UK community pharmacy: a bio-photographic study of workspace in relation to professional pharmacy practice

Abstract

This paper presents a novel, qualitative, bio-photographic study with intertextual analysis highlighting the relationship between community pharmacy workspace and practice. Sixteen pharmacists working across pharmacy types such as independent shops, large and small pharmacy chains and multiple pharmacies such as those in supermarkets participated in data capture and feedback consultation. Findings disclosed workspaces unfit for purpose and a workforce ill at ease with their new professional identity, involving increasingly complex tasks in health provision and retail. There was conflict between delegating to others and taking personal responsibility, and there were pressures from a demanding public within the context of a target-driven, litigious society. The study highlights that innovative, mixed methods in this context reveal nuanced, rich data.

  • Built environment
  • narrative medicine
  • Social science
  • Pharmacology and toxicology pharmacology
  • Public health
  • UK community pharmacy practice
  • bio-photographic methods
  • workspace
  • public-professional communication
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