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

Saramunee, K and Mackridge, AJ and Krska, J and Richards, J and 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

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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: 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2015 10:00
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 23:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.04.002
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536

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