HealthcarePapers 1(1) December 1999 : 82-87.doi:10.12927/hcpap..17450

The Pharmacist's Role in Primary Care within an Integrated Health System

Steve Long


I read, with interest, the paper by Rosser and Kasperski. I was struck by how similar and applicable the problems and issues identified for family physicians are to those pharmacists face today in Canada's health system. There is a need for a coordinated and systematic approach to address infrastructure support for all primary-care providers. In this companion article, I will provide evidence to support the Ontario College of Family Physicians' position on strengthening family physicians' abilities to provide excellent primary care. In addition, I will make a case for support of greater involvement of pharmacists in community- based primary-care teams.



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