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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 174-177

The effect of demographic and social factors on the decision-making of community pharmacists in ethical dilemmas


1 Department of Pharmacy Practice, Institute of Pharmacy, Shri Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Pharmacy Practice, Adichunchanagiri College of Pharmacy, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kingston Rajiah
Department of Pharmacy Practice, Institute of Pharmacy, Shri Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jrpp.JRPP_19_15

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Objective: The objective of the study is to investigate the effect of demographic and social factors on the decision-making of community pharmacists when confronted with ethical dilemmas during their professional practice. Methods:This was a questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study. A total of 1057 community pharmacists were approached. The final participants were 742. Independent-sample t-test and one-way analysis of variance were used to analyze the factors (age, gender, work experience, education qualification, number of pharmacists per pharmacy, and pharmacy location). Findings: Older pharmacists, experienced pharmacists, and urban pharmacists have less ethical dilemma compared to the younger pharmacists, less work experience pharmacists, and rural pharmacists, respectively. Conclusion: Individual factors such as age, gender, work experience, and educational level and organizational factors such as the number of pharmacists in a pharmacy and location of pharmacy may influence the ethical dilemma of community pharmacists.


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