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Patient perceptions of pharmacist roles in guiding self-medication of over-the-counter therapy in Qatar.

Wilbur K, Salam SE, Mohammadi E - Patient Prefer Adherence (2010)

Bottom Line: Direct consultation with pharmacists provides efficient professional guidance for safe and appropriate OTC use.Almost 1 in 7 did not know medical complaints could be assessed by a pharmacist (15.3%) and 1 in 5 (21.9%) were unaware pharmacists could directly supply OTC therapy.Patients were familiar with the roles of pharmacists as they pertain to self-medication with OTC therapy and described the desire to use such a service within this Qatar ambulatory health care setting.

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Affiliation: Qatar University College of Pharmacy, Doha, Qatar;

ABSTRACT

Background: Self-care, including self-medication with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, facilitates the public's increased willingness to assume greater responsibility for their own health. Direct consultation with pharmacists provides efficient professional guidance for safe and appropriate OTC use.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to characterize patient perceptions of pharmacists and use of nonprescription therapy in an ambulatory care population in Qatar.

Methods: Patients having prescriptions filled at one organization's private medical clinics during two distinct two-week periods were invited to participate in a short verbal questionnaire. Awareness of pharmacist roles in guiding OTC drug selection was assessed, as were patient preferences for OTC indications. Attitudes towards pharmacist and nurse drug knowledge and comfort with direct dispensing were also evaluated.

Results: Five hundred seventy patients participated representing 29 countries. Most respondents were men (92.1%) with mean age of 38.3 years. Almost 1 in 7 did not know medical complaints could be assessed by a pharmacist (15.3%) and 1 in 5 (21.9%) were unaware pharmacists could directly supply OTC therapy. The majority (85.3%) would be interested in this service. In general, respondents were more comfortable with medication and related advice supplied by pharmacists as opposed to nursing professionals.

Conclusion: Patients were familiar with the roles of pharmacists as they pertain to self-medication with OTC therapy and described the desire to use such a service within this Qatar ambulatory health care setting.

No MeSH data available.


Patient survey question and responses.
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f1-ppa-4-087: Patient survey question and responses.

Mentions: When asked if they knew that some medical complaints could be assessed by a pharmacist, 87 (15.3%) said “No” (Figure 1). One hundred twenty-five (21.9%) were not aware that certain medications may be safely recommended by a pharmacist without having to see a physician; however, 486 (85.3%) would be interested in such a pharmacist service. Patients described symptoms associated with cold and flu, pain (back, head, and stomach aches), allergy, and fever for which they would wish to seek therapy directly from the pharmacist (Table 2).


Patient perceptions of pharmacist roles in guiding self-medication of over-the-counter therapy in Qatar.

Wilbur K, Salam SE, Mohammadi E - Patient Prefer Adherence (2010)

Patient survey question and responses.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f1-ppa-4-087: Patient survey question and responses.
Mentions: When asked if they knew that some medical complaints could be assessed by a pharmacist, 87 (15.3%) said “No” (Figure 1). One hundred twenty-five (21.9%) were not aware that certain medications may be safely recommended by a pharmacist without having to see a physician; however, 486 (85.3%) would be interested in such a pharmacist service. Patients described symptoms associated with cold and flu, pain (back, head, and stomach aches), allergy, and fever for which they would wish to seek therapy directly from the pharmacist (Table 2).

Bottom Line: Direct consultation with pharmacists provides efficient professional guidance for safe and appropriate OTC use.Almost 1 in 7 did not know medical complaints could be assessed by a pharmacist (15.3%) and 1 in 5 (21.9%) were unaware pharmacists could directly supply OTC therapy.Patients were familiar with the roles of pharmacists as they pertain to self-medication with OTC therapy and described the desire to use such a service within this Qatar ambulatory health care setting.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Qatar University College of Pharmacy, Doha, Qatar;

ABSTRACT

Background: Self-care, including self-medication with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, facilitates the public's increased willingness to assume greater responsibility for their own health. Direct consultation with pharmacists provides efficient professional guidance for safe and appropriate OTC use.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to characterize patient perceptions of pharmacists and use of nonprescription therapy in an ambulatory care population in Qatar.

Methods: Patients having prescriptions filled at one organization's private medical clinics during two distinct two-week periods were invited to participate in a short verbal questionnaire. Awareness of pharmacist roles in guiding OTC drug selection was assessed, as were patient preferences for OTC indications. Attitudes towards pharmacist and nurse drug knowledge and comfort with direct dispensing were also evaluated.

Results: Five hundred seventy patients participated representing 29 countries. Most respondents were men (92.1%) with mean age of 38.3 years. Almost 1 in 7 did not know medical complaints could be assessed by a pharmacist (15.3%) and 1 in 5 (21.9%) were unaware pharmacists could directly supply OTC therapy. The majority (85.3%) would be interested in this service. In general, respondents were more comfortable with medication and related advice supplied by pharmacists as opposed to nursing professionals.

Conclusion: Patients were familiar with the roles of pharmacists as they pertain to self-medication with OTC therapy and described the desire to use such a service within this Qatar ambulatory health care setting.

No MeSH data available.