Implementing a statin switching programme in primary care: Patients' views and experiences

Krska, Janet and Allison, Kate and Delargy, Michela and Murray, Laura and Smith, Hillary (2012) Implementing a statin switching programme in primary care: Patients' views and experiences. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 74 (1). pp. 147-153. ISSN 0306-5251. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Introduction Estimates suggest £200 million could be saved on prescribing costs in England by implementing medication switches. Few studies have evaluated patients' views or understanding of therapeutic switches. AIM To obtain patient and pharmacist perspectives on switching from atorvastatin to simvastatin within an English Primary Care Trust (PCT). Method All patients undergoing this switch, in seven self-selected East Lancashire practices, were sent postal questionnaires covering demographics, experiences and views regarding switching, with no reminder. Practice pharmacists implementing switches in these practices were interviewed about processes and their views on these. Results: Pharmacists' switching process involved a standard letter offering a telephone consultation or appointment, plus an information leaflet. They considered most patients accepted switches, with few requesting consultations. Four hundred and ninety-four patients were identified and a response rate of 48.6% (240) obtained. The majority of respondents were happy with the switch (53.7%) and how they were informed (60.1%), with these findings being positively correlated. However over half (52.9%) did not understand the reason for the switch, particularly those with lower educational qualifications. Patients unhappy about switching perceived they had experienced side effects, or only learned of the switch on collecting a prescription or did not recall the consultation offer. Respondents indicated a preference for future switches to involve a face-to-face consultation (59.8%), with two-thirds (65.2%) agreeing that community pharmacists should explain medication switches. Conclusion: The standard process used, in line with nationally-designed templates, resulted in many patients being unhappy with or lacking understanding of switching statins, suggesting that improvements may be needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Drug switching, Patient opinion, Questionnaire, Statins, atorvastatin, simvastatin, article, clinical practice, demography, educational status, health program, human, interview, pharmacist, prescription, primary medical care, priority journal, questionnaire, statin switching program, teleconsultation, treatment response, validity
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Janet Krska
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 11:07
Last Modified: 02 May 2014 15:55
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