Education for and the practice of Clinical Pharmacy in South Africa have been neglected. This paper describes one attempt to improve matters. An initial survey of pharmacies, pharmacists and other staff in a small group of private hospitals determined the level of Clinical Pharmacy organization and services. The results were used to design a Clinical Pharmacy (training) Programme for selected pharmacists in the group. The programme consisted of six units, each of which was presented in at least a fullday session, with strong audiovisual support, small group discussion and rigorous exercises. During and after each session, implementation and application in the respective hospitals were monitored, as were participants' reactions. Clinical Pharmacy services increased markedly as a result of the programme, as did job satisfaction and motivation among most of the participating pharmacists.
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|Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
|Published - Jun 1987