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Supporting shared decision-making and people's understanding of medicines: an exploration of the acceptability and comprehensibility of patient information.

Gibson-Smith, Kathrine; Booth, Jill L.; Stewart, Derek; Pfleger, Sharon; McIver, Laura; MacLure, Katie

Authors

Kathrine Gibson-Smith

Jill L. Booth

Derek Stewart

Sharon Pfleger

Laura McIver

Katie MacLure



Abstract

Background: Patient information may assist in promoting shared decision-making, however it is imperative that the information presented is comprehensible and acceptable to the target audience. Objective: This study sought to explore the acceptability and comprehensibility of the 'Medicines in Scotland: What's the right treatment for you?' factsheet to the general public. Methods: Qualitative semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with members of the public. An interview schedule was developed to explore the acceptability and comprehensibility of the factsheet. Participants were recruited by a researcher who distributed information packs to attendees (n=70) of four community pharmacies. Interviews, (12-24 minutes duration), were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using a framework approach. Results: Nineteen participants returned a consent form (27.1%), twelve were interviewed. Six themes were identified: formatting of the factsheet and interpretation; prior health knowledge and the factsheet; information contained in the factsheet; impact of the factsheet on behaviour; uses for the factsheet; and revisions to the factsheet. Conclusions: The factsheet was generally perceived as helpful and comprehensive. It was highlighted that reading the leaflet may generate new knowledge and may have a positive impact on behaviour.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2017
Journal Pharmacy practice
Print ISSN 1886-3655
Electronic ISSN 1885-642X
Publisher Centro de Investigaciones y Publicaciones Farmaceuticas
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 4
Article Number 1082
Institution Citation GIBSON SMITH, K., BOOTH, J.L., STEWART, D., PFLEGER, S., MCIVER, L. and MACLURE, K. 2017. Supporting shared decision-making and people's understanding of medicines: an exploration of the acceptability and comprehensibility of patient information. Pharmacy practice [online], 15(4), article number 1082. Available from: https://doi.org/10.18549/PharmPract.2017.04.1082
DOI https://doi.org/10.18549/PharmPract.2017.04.1082
Keywords Patient centred care; Information dissemination; Patient preference; Drug therapy; Health promotion; Pharmacies; Pharmacists; Qualitative research; United Kingdom

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