Patient satisfaction from two studies of collaborative doctor : pharmacist prescribing in Australia

Hale, Andrew, Coombes, Ian, Stokes, Julie, Aitken, Stuart, Clarke, Fiona, & Nissen, Lisa (2016) Patient satisfaction from two studies of collaborative doctor : pharmacist prescribing in Australia. Health Expectations, 19(1), pp. 49-61.

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Abstract

Background

Pharmacist prescribing has been introduced in several countries and is a possible future role for pharmacy in Australia. Objective

To assess whether patient satisfaction with the pharmacist as a prescriber, and patient experiences in two settings of collaborative doctor-pharmacist prescribing may be barriers to implementation of pharmacist prescribing.

Design

Surveys containing closed questions, and Likert scale responses, were completed in both settings to investigate patient satisfaction after each consultation. A further survey investigating attitudes towards pharmacist prescribing, after multiple consultations, was completed in the sexual health clinic.

Setting and Participants

A surgical pre-admission clinic (PAC) in a tertiary hospital and an outpatient sexual health clinic at a university hospital. Two hundred patients scheduled for elective surgery, and 17 patients diagnosed with HIV infection, respectively, recruited to the pharmacist prescribing arm of two collaborative doctor-pharmacist prescribing studies.

Results

Consultation satisfaction response rates in PAC and the sexual health clinic were 182/200 (91%) and 29/34 (85%), respectively. In the sexual health clinic, the attitudes towards pharmacist prescribing survey response rate were 14/17 (82%). Consultation satisfaction was high in both studies, most patients (98% and 97%, respectively) agreed they were satisfied with the consultation. In the sexual health clinic, all patients (14/14) agreed that they trusted the pharmacist’s ability to prescribe, care was as good as usual care, and they would recommend seeing a pharmacist prescriber to friends.

Discussion and Conclusion

Most of the patients had a high satisfaction with pharmacist prescriber consultations, and a positive outlook on the collaborative model of care in the sexual health clinic.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 80824
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional URLs:
DOI: 10.1111/hex.12329
ISSN: 1369-7625
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500) > Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 02:12
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 03:56

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