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Reprofessionalization in pharmacy


  • Birenbaum, Arnold


Developments in technology, social organization, the division of labor and financing have substantially threatened the traditional role of the pharmacist. This paper examines responses to these structural transformations through efforts to reprofessionalize the field, including creating professional organizations, setting high standards of training and performance, and the acquisition of clinical responsibility. Several predictions are made, based on theories of organizations, professions, and social movements in order to determine the future composition and direction of pharmacy.

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  • Birenbaum, Arnold, 1982. "Reprofessionalization in pharmacy," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 16(8), pages 871-878, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:16:y:1982:i:8:p:871-878

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    1. Williams, Kevin Frank, 2007. "Re-examining 'professionalism' in pharmacy: A South African perspective," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 64(6), pages 1285-1296, March.
    2. Petrakaki, Dimitra & Barber, Nick & Waring, Justin, 2012. "The possibilities of technology in shaping healthcare professionals: (Re/De-)Professionalisation of pharmacists in England," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 75(2), pages 429-437.
    3. Motulsky, Aude & Sicotte, Claude & Lamothe, Lise & Winslade, Nancy & Tamblyn, Robyn, 2011. "Electronic prescriptions and disruptions to the jurisdiction of community pharmacists," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 73(1), pages 121-128, July.

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