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Community pharmacist experiences of providing needle and pharmacy programmes in Ireland

McVeigh, J and Hearne, E and Bates, G and van Hout, MC (2016) Community pharmacist experiences of providing needle and pharmacy programmes in Ireland. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy. ISSN 1551-7411

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Abstract

Background: Community pharmacists are increasingly acknowledged as under-utilized,
important and accessible health providers in providing harm reduction support to drug users
via needle and syringe programmes (NSP), provision of advice, HIV/Hepatitis testing and as
referral mechanism to social, medical and treatment services. We report here on qualitative
findings as part of the evaluation of the pilot Pharmacy Needle Exchange (PNEX) programme in
Ireland.
Objectives: The aim was to understand and illustrate pharmacist experiences of providing NSP.
Methods: Of the 107 eligible pharmacies, a total of 70 participated in the national evaluation.
Telephone interviews (n=17) and one-to-one interviews (n=13) using a semi-structured guide
were conducted with 30 pharmacists. Analysis of data was conducted using the Empirical
Phenomenological Psychological (EPP) five step protocol.
Results: Pharmacist experiences illustrated the largely positive nature of providing NSP, and
highlighted needs to develop harm reduction training for pharmacists and appropriate
strategies to raise awareness, provide exchange packs to meet the specific needs of the diverse
populations of people who inject drugs and ensure the development of trusting relationships
and opportunities to engage within a confidential service.
Conclusions: Further enhancement of NSP coverage and targeted service delivery within
national care pathways for drug and alcohol services is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 1115 Pharmacology And Pharmaceutical Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 09:35
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 12:01
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2016.07.006
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3875

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