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Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2014 Sep;60(6):533-43. doi: 10.1177/0020764013503149. Epub 2013 Sep 23.

Mental health consumer and caregiver perceptions of stigma in Australian community pharmacies.

Author information

1
Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia k.knox@griffith.edu.au.
2
Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia School of Pharmacy, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
3
School of Pharmacy, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
4
Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
5
Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
6
School of Pharmacy, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The stigma of mental illness can be a barrier to effective medication management in the community pharmacy setting. This article explored mental health consumers' or caregivers' experiences of stigma in Australian community pharmacies.

MATERIALS:

Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with a purposive sample of consumers or caregivers (n = 74). Interview transcripts were analysed using a general inductive approach.

DISCUSSION:

Stigma presented a barrier to effective mental health management. Self-stigma impeded consumers' community pharmacy engagement. Positive relationships with knowledgeable staff are fundamental to reducing stigma.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings provide insight into the stigma of mental illness in community pharmacies.

KEYWORDS:

Stigma; caregivers; community pharmacy; consumers; mental health

PMID:
24062232
DOI:
10.1177/0020764013503149
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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