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Papers: 2 Mar 2024 - 7 Mar 2024

2024 Mar

Musculoskeletal Care




Exploring the potential extended role of community pharmacy in the management of osteoarthritis: A multi-methods study with pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals.


Simkins J, Holden MA, Babatunde O, White S, Nicholls E, Long A, Dziedzic K, Chudyk A, Todd A, Walker C, Stanford C, Cottrell E, Edwards J, Healey EL, Cork T, Mallen C, O'Brien N


Osteoarthritis is the commonest form of chronic joint pain, which patients often self-manage before seeking healthcare advice. Patients frequently seek advice from community pharmacies, and a recent policy has recommended integrating community pharmacies into long-term condition pathways. This study explored community pharmacy teams’ (CPs) and other healthcare professionals’ (HCPs) views on community pharmacies providing an extended role for osteoarthritis management, identifying potential barriers and facilitators to this.