Rural Community Pharmacies’ Preparedness for and Response to COVID-19

Carpenter, D.M., Hastings, T., Westrick, S., et al. (2021). Rural Community Pharmacies’ Preparedness for and Response to COVID-19. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 17(7):1327-1331.
The authors of this article conducted an online survey of rural community pharmacists to assess their preparedness level for responding to COVID-19. Results were evaluated from 62 pharmacists who completed the survey and indicated that 78% were interested in offering COVID-19 testing, but they needed personal protective equipment and training in order to do so effectively. In addition, only 10% of participants had received prior disaster preparedness training in the past five years. Study results also found that although 73% had disaster preparedness plans, 27% were deemed inadequate for the pandemic. Almost 70% experienced supply shortages.
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