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A cross-sectional study using freedom of information requests to evaluate variation in local authority commissioning of community pharmacy public health services in England

Mackridge, Adam John, Gray, Nicola Jane, Krska, Janet (2017) A cross-sectional study using freedom of information requests to evaluate variation in local authority commissioning of community pharmacy public health services in England. BMJ Open, 7 (7). e015511. ISSN 0959-8138. E-ISSN 1756-1833. (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015511) (KAR id:62328)

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Abstract

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Supervised consumption and NSPs were the most frequently used services, with over 4.4 million individual supervisions and over 1.4 million needle packs supplied. Pharmacies provided over 200,000 consultations for supply of EHC, over 30,000 supplies of free condoms and almost 16,000 chlamydia screening kits. More than 55,000 people registered to stop smoking in a community pharmacy, almost 30,000 were screened for alcohol use and over 26,000 NHS Health Checks were delivered.

There is significant variation in commissioning and delivery of public health services in community pharmacies across England, which correlate poorly with potential benefit to local populations. Research to ascertain reasons for this variation is needed to ensure that future commissioning and delivery of these services matches local need.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015511
Uncontrolled keywords: Community Pharmacy Services; Public Health; Commissioning; Substance misuse; Smoking Cessation; Sexual Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Janet Krska
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 16:28 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62328 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Krska, Janet: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4148-5652
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