Assessing Pharmacies’ Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies: The Case of Tehran, Iran Assessing Pharmacies’ Preparedness for Emergencies
International Pharmacy Acta,
Vol. 5 No. 1 (2022),
Page e8: 1-7
Large-scale disasters and emergencies can pose serious challenges to various aspects of social life. Pharmacies’ preparedness further comes to the fore in these times. This study design and implement a model for assessing the disaster and emergency preparedness of pharmacies in Iran.
The study utilized qualitative and quantitative methods. An exploratory interview was conducted with experts to identify and select relevant indicators. A survey was then conducted to collect data from a sample of pharmacies from five geographical districts of Tehran, Iran’s capital and largest and most populated city.
The developed preparedness assessment tool includes five dimensions and 67 indicators. Employing the tool on the study samples, it was found that only 27.5% of pharmacies were ready in terms of medicine supplies, 41.7% in terms of medical consumables, 55.8% in terms of physical facilities, 52% in terms of software, and 32.7% in terms of human resource training and management.
The level of preparedness for pharmaceutical services and medicine providing centers revealed serious deficiencies in all dimensions. Since these centers are not adequately prepared for disasters and emergencies, improving the level of preparedness for this important element of the health sector should be the government’s immediate pressing concern.
- preparedness Assessment
- pharmaceutical services
- medicine providing centers
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