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Effectiveness of a tailored training programme in behaviour change counselling for community pharmacists: A pilot study

Thomas, Trudy, Passfield, Louis, Coulton, Simon, Crone, Diane (2016) Effectiveness of a tailored training programme in behaviour change counselling for community pharmacists: A pilot study. Patient Education and Counseling, 99 (1). pp. 132-138. ISSN 0738-3991. (doi:10.1016/j.pec.2015.08.004)

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Abstract

Objective: To undertake a pilot study assessing effectiveness of a tailored training programme in behaviour change counselling (BCC) for community pharmacists on, their competence and confidence in delivering behaviour change consultations, skill retention over time and impact on practice. Methods: Community pharmacists (N = 87) attending Primary Care Trust training were given study information and invited to take part. Baseline BCC competence of consenting pharmacists (n = 17) was assessed using the Behaviour Change Counselling Index (BECCI). Following BCC training, competence was reassessed at 1, 3 and 6 months. Friedman’s test was used to compare median BECCI item scores at baseline and after 6 months. Structured interviews were conducted to assess pharmacists’ confidence in BCC consultations after training. Results: Baseline BECCI scores of 0–2 demonstrated pharmacists had not reached competence threshold. Six months after training, BECCI scores improved significantly from baseline (p < 0.05). Competence in delivering BCC (scores of 3–4) was achieved at 3 months, but lost at 6 months for some items. After training, pharmacists felt confident in delivering BCC. Conclusion: Training pharmacists enabled them to deliver BCC competently and confidently. Practice implications: BCC aligns with pharmacist-patient consultations. It took 3 months to achieve competence. Ongoing support may be needed to maintain competence long-term.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.08.004
Uncontrolled keywords: Behaviour change, Counselling, Pharmacists, Medway school of pharmacy
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Trudy Thomas
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 11:28 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2020 11:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/52595 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Passfield, Louis: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6223-162X
Coulton, Simon: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7704-3274
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