Jeroen van de Pol is a 28-year-old Ph.D candidate and Pharm. D at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He studied pharmacy and graduated in 2013. He is interested in the changing role of the community pharmacists in primary healthcare. His research project focuses on the changing role of the community pharmacist within the primary healthcare setting.
The focus within the field of community pharmacy has been shifting the past years from the compounding and distribution of medicines to the provision of cognitive pharmaceutical services (CPS). This transitional phase has its influence on both pharmacists and the pharmacy profession. But also on the primary stakeholder; patients in need of pharmaceutical care.
Multiple countries are currently dealing with a demanding healthcare system due to the ageing population with increasing complexity of medication and more chronic illnesses. Because of the demanding healthcare system, it is important that community pharmacists use their capabilities to support other healthcare professionals in dealing with the current- and future demands. This means that community pharmacists must provide more CPS to support both patients and physicians.
Results of this study can help the pharmacy profession in developing and providing pharmacy services that are desired by patients.