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General public's views on pharmacy public health services: current situation and opportunities in the future

General public's views on pharmacy public health services: current situation and opportunities in the future

Saramunee, K., Krska, J., Mackridge, A., Richards, J., Suttajit, S. and Phillips-Howard, P. (2015) General public's views on pharmacy public health services: current situation and opportunities in the future. Public Health, 129 (6). pp. 705-715. ISSN 0033-3506 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2015.04.002)

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore the experience of and willingness to use seven pharmacy public health services related to cardiovascular risk among the general public in England.

Study design: Mixed-methods study.

Methods: A mixed-methods study, involving a cross-sectional survey using multiple distribution methods followed by a focus group discussion (FGD) with a sample of survey respondents.

Results: From 3596 approachable individuals, 908 questionnaires were completed (response rate 25.3%). Few respondents (2.1–12.7%) had experienced any of the seven pharmacy public health services. About 40% stated they would be willing to use health check services, fewer (9.3–26.3%) were willing to use advisory services. More females, frequent pharmacy users and those in good health were willing to use services in general (P < 0.05). Smokers, overweight individuals and those with alcohol-related problems were most willing to use specific advisory services supporting their problems (P < 0.05). FGD identified barriers to service use; for example, frequent staff changes, seeing pharmacist as medicines suppliers and concerns about competence for these services.

Conclusion: The general public are receptive to pharmacy public health services. Pharmacists must consider barriers if uptake of services is to increase.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: general public, pharmacy public health services, mixed-methods, cardiovascular
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Medway School of Pharmacy
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 09:56
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13645

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