Coding accuracy: RESULTS(1)

Description of the pharmacies

Of the 183 pharmacy owners invited to participate, consent to abstract information was obtained in 50, yielding a participation rate of 27%. The rate of participation was highest in pharmacies in Brantford/Ancaster/Dundas (all six invited pharmacies agreed to participate) and was lowest in Toronto, where only eight of 99 (8%) owners agreed (most stated that they were “too busy” to allow the research assistant to visit). Fifty-four per cent of participating pharmacies were independent or franchised and 46% were part of larger chains (Table 1).

TABLE 1 Characteristics of participating pharmacies

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On average, 42,000 prescriptions (SD=22,000) per pharmacy were dispensed annually. The mean annual number of hours worked by pharmacists was approximately 4000. Although this was less than the mean annual number of hours worked by pharmacy assistants (approximately 4500), the hours worked by assistants were more variable and some pharmacies did not employ any assistants. Pharmacies that were independently owned or franchised had higher volumes of prescriptions and more hours worked than pharmacies belonging to the large chains. There was a strong linear relationship (r2=0.72, P<0.001) between the total number of hours worked in pharmacies and the number of prescriptions dispensed. buy prednisone