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

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© 2018 Royal Pharmaceutical SocietyObjectives: 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.

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Author(s): Jamie K, Oliver EJ, Paterson A, Whittlesea C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice

Year: 2019

Volume: 27

Issue: 3

Pages: 318-321

Print publication date: 01/06/2019

Online publication date: 15/11/2018

Acceptance date: 08/10/2018

ISSN (print): 0961-7671

ISSN (electronic): 2042-7174

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12492

PubMed id: 30430673


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