Design and implementation of an educational partnership between community pharmacists and consumer educators in mental health care

J. Simon Bell, Paula Whitehead, Parisa Aslani, Sue Sacker, Timothy F. Chen

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Objective. To design and implement an interactive education program to improve the skill and confidence of community pharmacists in providing pharmaceutical services to people with mental illnesses. Design. A literature review was conducted and key stakeholders were consulted to design a partnership that involved community pharmacists and consumer educators. The partnership was designed so that all participants shared equal status. This facilitated mutual recognition of each others' skills. Assessment. Four 2-hour training sessions were conducted over a 2-week period in March 2005. Seven pharmacists, 5 consumer educators, and 1 caregiver educator participated in the partnership. Pharmacists indicated that their participation caused them to reflect on their own medication counseling techniques. Consumer educators reported that speaking about their experiences aided their recovery. Conclusion. Developing a better understanding and improved communication between community pharmacists and people with mental illnesses is an important aspect of facilitating a concordant approach to patient counseling. Implementing mental health education programs utilizing consumer educators in pharmacy schools is a promising area for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Community pharmacy
  • Continuing education
  • Mental health care
  • Patient counseling

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