Professional Judgement

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As a pharmacist, you'll face situations where you have to choose between several courses of action. A crude example being to decide whether to supply a medicine or not.

In some cases, there may be a conflict between your ethical duty to promote patient care and safety and legislation which restricts your action.

You may have to choose the best option possible in the circumstances and be prepared to defend your action.

Many pharmacists exercise their professional judgement instinctively. However, you can use this guide to break the process down into smaller steps.

First Published: 4 October 2016
Updated: 1 September 2023

Sections on this page

  • What is professional judgement?
  • Why is it important to you?
  • Exercising professional judgement
  • Different choices
  • Why is it important to be able to justify a decision?
  • Professional judgement – a blanket defence?
  • Where to go for further information

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