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Practices of healthcare professionals in communicating with nonsteroidal anti‐inflammatory drug users in Thailand: a qualitative study

Jarernsiripornkul, Narumol, Phueanpinit, Pacharaporn, Pongwecharak, Juraporn, Krska, Janet (2019) Practices of healthcare professionals in communicating with nonsteroidal anti‐inflammatory drug users in Thailand: a qualitative study. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, . ISSN 0961-7671. (doi:10.1111/ijpp.12538)

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Objective; This study aimed to explore practices among healthcare professionals in nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) information provision. Methods; In-depth interviews were conducted with orthopaedic physicians, hospital and community pharmacists in northeastern Thailand. Ten hospitals and twenty pharmacies in five provinces were purposively selected. Interviews followed a topic guideline, were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using a framework approach. Key findings; Fifty-one participants were involved: 13 orthopedic physicians, 20 hospital pharmacists and 18 community pharmacists. Four main themes emerged: general information, safety information, differences between new and regular NSAID users and non-selective and selective NSAID users. Pharmacists mostly provided information on administration and indication. While all three groups informed of adverse effects, this was selective, related to factors including trading, time available, patients’ age, and perceived ability to understand. Gastrointestinal adverse effect information was most commonly provided, with other side effects, drug interactions and need to monitor for adverse effects rarely mentioned. Variation was reported in provision of safety information depending on whether patients were using selective or non-selective NSAIDs, and new or long-term users. Conclusions; The content and frequency of NSAID information provision varied between health professionals. Greater awareness of NSAID risks is essential, therefore strategies to improve information provision to Thai patients are desirable.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/ijpp.12538
Uncontrolled keywords: healthcare professionals, Thailand, practice experience, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, risk communication
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Janet Krska
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 14:45 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2019 11:37 UTC
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