World Pharmacist Day

September 25 - 25

World Pharmacist Day
Why this theme of trust?
Trust is a central part of all human relationships and a fundamental element of social capital. Trust is also essential to health care: there is a significant association between trust in healthcare professionals and health outcomes for patients. Across diverse clinical settings, patients reported greater satisfaction with treatment, showed more beneficial health behaviors and fewer symptoms, and experienced improved quality of life when they had higher trust in their healthcare professionals.

People trust us-
For many years, pharmacists have consistently been named among the top five most trusted professionals in national surveys. Educators are also consistently in the top five and, according to a recent survey, scientists are the most trusted people in the world. Pharmacists, educators and scientists? That’s our pharmacy profession.

Why are we trusted?
Three elements are necessary for trust: positive relationships, competency/expertise, and consistency.

Positive relationships Our genuine interest in our patients and time taken to listen to their needs, as well as our extra efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, have helped us to establish meaningful connections and continue to build positive relationships.

Competency/expertise We typically complete a four-year Master of Pharmacy degree or a doctorate in pharmacy, followed by a preregistration year/internship. Once registered, we undertake lifelong learning or further training to become more specialised.

Consistency As the most accessible healthcare provider in many parts of the world, working in premises that operate longer working hours than many other healthcare facilities, we and our pharmacies are more able to demonstrate, consistently, our skills and caring.

Many patient-pharmacist relationships are grounded in trust built over time. The public trusts our advice. They trust us to maintain confidentiality. More and more governments are trusting us to administer vaccines and to provide other expanded services, such as testing. Healthcare systems trust us to find solutions for medicines shortages. There are many more examples.