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Medicine-related services in community pharmacy: public preferences for pharmacy attributes and promotional methods and comparison with pharmacists' perceptions

Krska, Janet, Corlett, S.A., Gammie, Shivaun M, Loo, Ruey Leng, Rodgers, Ruth (2016) Medicine-related services in community pharmacy: public preferences for pharmacy attributes and promotional methods and comparison with pharmacists' perceptions. Patient Preference and Adherence, 2016 (10). pp. 2297-2307. ISSN 1177-889X. (doi:10.2147/PPA.S112932)


Background Public awareness of pharmacy services designed to support use of medicines is low, yet little is known about how the public view promotion of these services or their preferences for the attributes of pharmacies from which they would like to receive them. Objective To compare the public’s preferred attributes of pharmacies and methods for promoting medicine-related services with community pharmacists’ perceptions of their customers’ views. Method Parallel surveys of the general public, using a street survey, and community pharmacists, via a postal survey in South East England. Results Response rates were: public 47.2% (1000/2012) and pharmacists 40.8% (341/836) respectively. Pharmacists’ perceptions of customer preferences for using the same pharmacy, independent ownership and personal knowledge of the pharmacist were higher than actual public preferences. More pharmacists also thought approachability and previous good service would be important than the public. The public’s desires for long opening hours and for a pharmacy with a good relationship with their doctor’s surgery was higher than pharmacists believed. The majority of the public prefer not to interrupt a pharmacist busy in the dispensary, which was not perceived by pharmacists as a factor. Pharmacists’ perceptions aligned more with the preferences of regular medicines users and frequent pharmacy users. Both groups viewed direct recommendation as the most effective approach for promoting pharmacy services, particularly by doctors and pharmacy staff. Pharmacists’ expectations of the effectiveness of posters and mass media methods were much higher than those of the public. Conclusions Pharmacists and pharmacy owners must ensure good relationships with local medical practices to enable them to maximise opportunities for using the promotional methods judged most effective in encouraging use of medicine-related services. Staff must be approachable and enable access to pharmacists ensuring perceptions of pharmacist busyness are not a deterrent.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.2147/PPA.S112932
Uncontrolled keywords: Community pharmacy, public preferences, pharmacist views, promotion of services, pharmacy attributes, medicines-related services
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Shivaun Gammie
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 17:45 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:07 UTC
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