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Discussing alcohol in medicines use reviews : experiences of patients in a community pharmacy context.

Jamie, K. and Oliver, E.J. and Paterson, A. and Whittlesea, C. (2019) 'Discussing alcohol in medicines use reviews : experiences of patients in a community pharmacy context.', International journal of pharmacy practice., 27 (3). pp. 318-321.


Objectives: Although pharmacist‐led medicines use reviews (MURs) are effective for medicines management, little is understood about patients’ experiences of alcohol‐related advice delivered therein. Sampling a population at high risk for misuse (within an area of socio‐economic deprivation), we explored patient experiences of alcohol‐related MURs. Methods: Two focus groups were conducted with patients who had discussed alcohol in an MUR in the preceding 3 months (n = 9). Data were analysed thematically. Key findings and conclusion: Patients were open to discussing alcohol in the MUR context. The absence of practitioner‐patient power asymmetry and pharmacists’ sensitivity to cultural contexts were critical to patient engagement.

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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Jamie, K., Oliver, E.J., Paterson, A. & Whittlesea, C. (2019). Discussing alcohol in medicines use reviews: experiences of patients in a community pharmacy context. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 27(3): 318-321, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:08 October 2018
Date deposited:02 November 2018
Date of first online publication:15 November 2018
Date first made open access:15 November 2019

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