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Job Satisfaction and Stress Among Pharmacists in the Long-Term Care Sector

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Objective: To provide normative information regarding levels of job satisfaction and stress between consulting and dispensing pharmacists in the long-term care arena.

Design: Cross-sectional.

Setting: United States.

Participants: All current members of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists as of March 2005.

Interventions: None.

Main Outcome Measure: Health Professional Stress Inventory.

Results: More than 90% of consultant pharmacists were satisfied with their jobs. The most frequently reported source of stress among the pharmacists was short staffing, affecting their ability to perform their duties. More than one-third of dispensing pharmacists were often stressed, frequently because of the need to keep up with developments to maintain professional competence.

Conclusion: Pharmacists serving the long-term care sector are very satisfied. Methods to assist dispensing pharmacists to keep up with practice developments must be explored. Whether or not new models of long-term care pharmacy improve job satisfaction must be explored.
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Keywords: Job-related satisfaction; Long-term care; Nursing homes; Pharmacists; Work-related stress

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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  • The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Consultant Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
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