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- health care rationing
- health services administration
- pharmacy service
- professional competence
The first COVID-19 outbreak wave has deeply destabilised the global health system, causing sudden changes at different levels and affecting the ordinary activities and skills of hospital pharmacies.1
To better understand the consequences of these changes, we carried out a web-based survey collecting information from Italian pharmacist members of SIFaCT (Società Italiana di Farmacia Clinica e Terapia) on the impact of the pandemic on their routine activity. Data were collected between May and June 2020 and were compared in two different groups according to the geographical spread of the infection: pharmacists who worked in severely affected pandemic areas, named ‘High-spread Regions’ (HSR, which included Lombardia, Piemonte, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna) and ‘Low-spread Regions’ (LSR, including all the other regions). The identification of HSR …
Contributors ACP, DM and MC conceived and planned the web-based survey. DM and MC collected all the results. VD, RB, DM and ACP contributed to the analysis and interpretation of the results. VD carried out the statistical analysis. RB and MR took the lead in writing the manuscript and DM and VD revised the manuscript critically for intellectual content. All authors provided critical feedback and helped shape the research, analysis and final version of the manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.