WASHINGTON — Americans continue to hold pharmacists in high regard, according to Gallup’s Honesty and Integrity survey.
Of more than 1,000 U.S. adults that Gallup polled by phone, 67% rated pharmacists “very high/high” in honesty and ethics — second only to nurses, which again came out on top with 84% of respondents describing the nursing profession as “very high/high” in terms of integrity.
Pharmacists finished No. 2 for the second straight year and in the top three for the 14th straight year in Gallup’s annual survey, which measures the public’s trust in professions across industries.
“The rating that pharmacists earned in this annual Gallup survey is built on established pharmacist-patient relationships in neighborhoods throughout the nation. The takeaway for policymakers is that the pharmacist-patient relationship has tremendous potential to do even more to improve patient health and well-being, along with the overall quality and affordability of health care,” Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, said in a statement.
NACDS noted that the Gallup findings are in line with the association’s opinion research. Last month, in a voter survey commissioned by NACDS and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, pharmacies achieved a 63% favorability rating. Respondents gave their own pharmacy a 75% favorability rating and their pharmacist a 77% favorability rating. NACDS added that those who are more frequent users of pharmacist-provided services rate pharmacies and pharmacists even more highly.
In the Gallup survey, other professions that more than 50% of respondents rated “very high/high” in honesty and ethics were medical doctors, engineers, dentists and police officers. The bottom five professions in terms of integrity were stockbrokers (12% rated very high/high), advertising practitioners (11%), insurance salesmen (11%), car salesmen (9%) and members of Congress (8%).
“We commend community pharmacists across the country on their impressive showing in the latest Gallup survey of Americans’ views of honesty and ethical standards. People continue to hold pharmacists in very high regard. In this survey covering 22 professions, pharmacists are the second most trusted,” stated B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association. “It is time for payers and policymakers to better utilize the accessibility, expertise and public trust in pharmacists.”