Consumer perspectives of expanded practice in rural community pharmacy

Taylor, Selina, Cairns, Alice, and Glass, Beverley (2020) Consumer perspectives of expanded practice in rural community pharmacy. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: People living in rural and remote regions have mortality and morbidity rates worse than their counterparts in metropolitan cities. Distance to access healthcare and limited access to health professionals highlights the need for expanded pharmacy services to address the health disparity facing rural and remote Australia.

Objectives: Examining consumers’ perspective of expanded pharmacy services with a view to improving the health of their local community is a focus of the study.

Methods: A questionnaire was provided to 20 rural and remote community pharmacies across Australia, to be administered to pharmacy consumers during July–September 2019. The questionnaire involved consumers choosing expanded services that they would like to see provided by their local pharmacy. The data were manually entered, exported into IBM SPSS Statistic 25 and summarised using descriptive statistics.

Results: 406 consumers from rural and remote locations completed the questionnaire. Vaccinations, chronic disease management and mental health services represented eight out of the ten most frequently chosen services. Over 95% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would support the expanded services and that pharmacists have the required skills and knowledge to deliver these services. Findings indicated that the remote and very remote participants chose all of the 26 services more frequently than those in large and medium towns. Age also significantly influenced the frequency of choosing particular services, including osteoporosis testing, vision and eye checks, counselling services, swallowing checks, diet checks and breastfeeding advice and support.

Conclusion: This study demonstrates that consumers believe that the health of the people in their community will improve with the provision of expanded services. These preliminary findings provide useful baseline information suggesting the development of expanded pharmacy services in rural and remote communities is likely to be well accepted by consumers.

Item ID: 63876
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1934-8150
Keywords: Extended practice; Scope of practice; Pharmacy practice; Remote Pharmacies; Models of care
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 22:53
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences > 111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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