Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 159–164 | Cite as

The role of the Danish community pharmacist: perceptions and future scenarios

  • Lotte Stig Nørgaard
  • Lene Colberg
  • Mie Riise Niemann


In recent decades, dramatic changes of the role of the Danish community pharmacist have contributed to widespread uncertainty among professionals about the future content of their job. This case study, which is based on qualitative research interviews and documentary material, describes how key actors belonging to 10 different relevant social groups who have been influential in shaping the role of Danish community pharmacists have different perceptions of the pharmacy profession. These perceptions include: the community pharmacist as a provider of technical, standardised advice, the pharmacist as a drug expert, the pharmacist as a leader, and the pharmacist as a provider of individualised advice. Five future scenarios for the community pharmacist ranging from a role as a pharmacist with no future to a role as the provider of individualised information and future role developer are also described and analysed in the paper. The case study is theoretically based on a specific social constructivist theory, the Social Construction of Technology (SCOT).

Community pharmacist Denmark Development Interpretative flexibility Professional role Relevant social groups Social construction SCOT theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lotte Stig Nørgaard
    • 1
  • Lene Colberg
    • 2
  • Mie Riise Niemann
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social PharmacyThe Royal Danish School of PharmacyCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Lyngby Svane PharmacyLyngbyDenmark
  3. 3.Albertslund PharmacyAlbertslundDenmark

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