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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Sociology Department Staff

Publication details for Dr Kimberly Jamie

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.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

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.