VANCOUVER, January 4, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - Pharmacists have once again claimed top place in a poll of the most trusted professions in Canada. According to the Ipsos Reid poll, eight in ten (78 per cent) Canadians say they trust pharmacists, scoring them a 5, 6, or 7 on a trust scale of 1 to 7.
"We already know how many people rely on their community pharmacist," said CEO of BC Pharmacy Association, Marnie Mitchell. "This poll confirms that patients trust their pharmacist to provide the expert advice and guidance needed to help them manage their health."
The poll, which was conducted for the first time in 2010, tested a total of 26 professions. In both years, pharmacists placed at the top of the list. In the latest poll, they are followed by doctors (75 per cent ), Canadian soldiers (74 per cent ), airline pilots (73 per cent ) and teachers (65 per cent ).
"Recent years have seen pharmacy evolve in a way that has had a real impact on patients," added Mitchell.
"From providing advice on managing medications, to giving flu shots and renewing prescriptions, patients are finding that their pharmacist plays a crucial role in their health and the health of their family. This is one of the reasons why pharmacists continue to be the most trusted profession."
BC Pharmacy Association is a not-for-profit, professional association which represents more than 2,600 pharmacists and 800 pharmacies throughout British Columbia.
The Ipsos Reid poll was conducted between December 14 and 19, 2011, on behalf of Postmedia News and Global Television. For more information visit www.ipsos.ca