Pharmacist perceptions of the New Mexico pharmacist-performed tuberculosis testing program. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study evaluated pharmacists' perceptions of the New Mexico pharmacist-performed tuberculosis skin testing (PPTST) program.This cross-sectional study was conducted using a telephone survey. New Mexico pharmacists who completed the tuberculin skin test (TST) training from March 2011 to June 2016 were eligible for inclusion. Data collected included demographics, years since licensure, pharmacy setting and location, reasons for obtaining certification, training time, training quality, self-perceived competency after training, whether the participant was performing TSTs, number of tests performed, time required to administer or interpret the test, and reasons for not testing.We attempted to contact all 209 pharmacists who completed the TST training during the evaluation period. Ninety-four of the 99 pharmacists contacted consented to participate (overall study response rate of 45%). The chain community pharmacy was the most common practice setting of respondents. After training completion, greater than 95% agreed or strongly agreed they felt confident in administering the TST. The percent of respondents working in New Mexico who were actively testing was 50.6%, with 42% of those pharmacists providing TSTs in small cities. Eleven pharmacists reported that they were performing TSTs in locations where testing would not otherwise have been available. An initial TST visit was approximately 6-15 minutes, and follow-up visits were typically 5 minutes or less. The most common reason reported for not testing was lack of employer support (61%). The strongest association with testing was training requirement by employer (odds ratio [OR], 20.4; 95% CI 4.2-99.2), followed by strong confidence in their ability to perform the TST (OR, 14.2; 95% CI 2.8-71.2).PPTST is positively perceived by New Mexico pharmacists and provides testing in non-urban areas where access may be low. Survey respondents were confident in their ability to perform the TST and report that testing typically takes less than 15 minutes. The main hindrance to implementing PPTST was lack of employer support.Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Inc.

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  • December 2018