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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.

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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 15, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 18, 2017
Publication Date Dec 31, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2018
Journal Pharmacy practice
Print ISSN 1885-642X
Electronic ISSN 1885-642X
Publisher Centro de Investigaciones y Publicaciones Farmaceuticas
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 4
Article Number 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
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2780

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