WASHINGTON — Since 2005, more than 80% of Americans have rated nurses as having "high" or "very high" honesty and ethical standards, Gallup noted Monday with the release of its latest ethics poll. Pharmacists ranked No. 2 with 70% of Americans associating the profession with honesty and high ethics.
“We applaud pharmacists for once again achieving an impressive level of confidence and trust from the American public," said Douglas Hoey, CEO National Community Pharmacists Association. "The combination of their goodwill with consumers, extensive training, medication expertise and easy accessibility has pharmacists perfectly positioned to play a larger role in the U.S. healthcare system," Hoey said. "Emerging new care models such as accountable care organizations should fully integrate pharmacists. In addition, policymakers and plan sponsors should better utilize pharmacists’ public standing and knowledge to improve health outcomes and reduce costs, such as through the provision of medication adherence services and medication therapy management.”
In the past, pharmacists and grade school teachers have received high marks on honesty and ethics that are similar to this year's scores.
This year's poll was conducted Dec. 5-8. Gallup has asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of members of various professions periodically since 1976, and annually since 1990.