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Table 1 Characteristics of pharmacists and pharmacies

From: Ideal and actual involvement of community pharmacists in health promotion and prevention: a cross-sectional study in Quebec, Canada

Characteristics Total (n = 571)
Characteristics of pharmacists  
Sex, n (%)  
   Men 210 (36.8)
   Women 361 (63.2)
Practice region, n (%)  
   Montreal 184 (32.2)
   Laval 51 (8.9)
   Laurentides 75 (13.1)
   Lanaudière 59 (10.3)
   Montérégie 149 (26.1)
   Estrie 30 (5.3)
   Outaouais 23 (4.0)
Years since graduation, n (%)  
   ≤ 10 years 230 (40.7)
   11-20 years 135 (23.9)
   21-30 years 106 (18.8)
   ≥ 31 years 94 (16.6)
Pharmacist status, n (%)  
   Owner pharmacist--single owner 78 (13.7)
   Owner pharmacist--owner partner 82 (14.4)
   Staff pharmacist 371 (65.3)
   Replacement pharmacist 27 (4.8)
   Staff and relief pharmacist 10 (1.8)
Hours worked per week, mean (SDa) 33.6 (9.9)
Hours of continuing education during past year, mean (SD) 31.2 (37.3)
Private consultations in pharmacy privacy area per week, mean (SD) 22.0 (47.5)
Characteristics of pharmacies  
Type of pharmacy, n (%)b  
   Pharmacy adjacent to a medical clinic 163 (28.7)
   Pharmacy associated with a chain or corporate banner 456 (80.4)
   Independent pharmacy 16 (2.8)
   Pharmacy associated with a supermarket or superstore 39 (6.9)
   Pharmacy in a retirement home 21 (3.7)
Prescriptions filled per day, n (%)  
   < 250 prescriptions 147 (25.9)
   250 to 500 prescriptions 197 (34.7)
   > 500 prescriptions 224 (39.4)
Characteristics of most prevalent patients at the pharmacy, n(%)b  
   Adults (18-49 years) 44 (8.1)
   Older adults (50-65 years) 33 (6.1)
   Elderly patients (> 65 years) 347 (63.9)
   Young families 73 (13.4)
   Families 159 (29.3)
   All ages (various) 57 (10.5)
   Otherc 86 (15.8)
   Low to average socio-economic status 143 (26.3)
   Average to high socio-economic status 273 (50.3)
   High socio-economic status 43 (7.9)
Availability of other health professionals in the pharmacy, n(%)b  
   Nurse 289 (53.5)
   Nutritionist 69 (12.8)
   Otherd 27 (5.0)
   None 229 (42.4)
Hours per month of availability of other health professionals  
in the pharmacy, mean (SD)  
   Nurse 47.4 (45.1)
   Nutritionist 9.6 (6.5)
  1. a SD standard deviation
  2. bMore than one item could be checked.
  3. cOther includes multicultural background (n = 23); workers/professionals (n = 13); children (n = 11); students (n = 9); patients with mental health problems (n = 8); rural background (n = 5); drug abuse (n = 5); patients from walk-in clinics or emergency rooms (n = 5); patients in long-term care facilities or nursing homes (n = 4); tourists (n = 1); patients with organ transplant or dialysis (n = 1); and homosexuals (n = 1).
  4. dOther includes naturopath (n = 11); breast-feeding counselor (n = 5); psychotherapist (n = 2); physiotherapist (n = 3); kinesiologist (n = 1); occupational therapist (n = 1); massage therapist (n = 1); homeopath (n = 1); respiratory therapist (n = 1); and medical laboratory technologist (n = 1).