Community pharmacists providing a pharmaceutical care service: Identifying counselling behaviour and content
(English)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Objective: To characterise the counselling behaviour of practitioners providing a pharmaceutical care service in community pharmacy, and to describe the content of the consultations.
Methods: Non-participant observations, including audio recording, of five practitioners counselling 16 patients, were analysed qualitatively.
Results: The counselling behaviour was characterised by attempts to understand the patients’ narratives by listening and asking questions and a willingness to help. The computer often had an important role in consultations, being used for documentation and as a supportive tool for identification of drug-drug-interactions. The practitioners often took command in the initial phase of the consultation, and omitted to determine the patients’ most urgent drug-related needs. However, counselling behaviour that identified and focused on the patient’s needs, giving the computer little attention during the consultation was also observed. Practitioners provided vague descriptions of the purpose and outline of the service. Consultations included a wide variety of issues, which potentially could help patients’ achieve optimal outcomes of medical treatment.
Conclusion: The practitioners provided important advice and support to patients. Focus on the computer screen limited their abilities to practise patient-centred care.
Practice implications: The necessity for practitioners to develop strategies and counselling techniques to achieve patient centredness in pharmaceutical care is highlighted.
Community pharmacy, Pharmaceutical care
Social and Clinical Pharmacy
Research subject Social Pharmacy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108972OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108972DiVA: diva2:241924