Exploring the community pharmacy services in Gulf Region : a scoping review protocol

Noorsaeed, Solafa Mohamedwaly M and Kurdi, Amanj and Weir, Natalie Mcfadyen (2019) Exploring the community pharmacy services in Gulf Region : a scoping review protocol. UNSPECIFIED.

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Objective: The objective of this scoping review is to identify and describe the nature and extent of healthcare services in the community pharmacy setting in Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain). Introduction: Despite the evolving role of community-pharmacists worldwide in promoting public health and patient-centred care by providing direct patient care services, the role of community-pharmacists in Gulf countries is mainly limited to dispensing and counselling while the non-dispensing services are still in an infancy stage and in need for improvement and expansion. Inclusion criteria: As this scoping review aims to explore all services in the community pharmacy in Gulf countries, this review will consider studies conducted in the Gulf countries regarding existing, or piloted community pharmacy services or services that being explored for readiness and willingness for future implementation and considering the community pharmacists, community pharmacy consumers, and other stakeholders. Methods: The JBI methodology for scoping reviews and the Preferred Reporting Item for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis extension for scoping review (PRISMAScR) checklist will be followed to conduct and report this review. The search will be conducted in multiple databases including Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and Scopus. Each database will be searched from inception until the day of searching the databases. All original primary research methodologies will be considered. Evidence published in Arabic or English language will be included. Results will be synthesised narratively and accompanied by summary tables which will be presented in the result section of the final review.