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Int J Pharm Pract. 2018 Nov 15. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12492. [Epub ahead of print]

Discussing alcohol in medicines use reviews: experiences of patients in a community pharmacy context.

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1
Department of Sociology, Durham University, Durham, UK.
2
Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University, Durham, UK.
3
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, UK.
4
Research Department of Practice and Policy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Although pharmacist-led medicines use reviews (MURs) are effective for medicines management, little is understood about patients' experiences of alcohol-related advice delivered therein. Sampling a population at high risk for misuse (within an area of socio-economic deprivation), we explored patient experiences of alcohol-related MURs.

METHODS:

Two focus groups were conducted with patients who had discussed alcohol in an MUR in the preceding 3 months (n = 9). Data were analysed thematically.

KEY FINDINGS AND CONCLUSION:

Patients were open to discussing alcohol in the MUR context. The absence of practitioner-patient power asymmetry and pharmacists' sensitivity to cultural contexts were critical to patient engagement.

KEYWORDS:

alcohol use; community pharmacy; healthy lifestyle; medicine use review

PMID:
30430673
DOI:
10.1111/ijpp.12492

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