Supporting shared decision-making and people’s understanding of medicines: An exploration of the acceptability and comprehensibility of patient information

Katie Gibson Smith, Jill L. Booth, Derek Stewart, Sharon Pfleger, Laura McIver, Kathrine MacLure

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Abstract

Background: Patient information may assist in promoting shared decision-making, however it is imperative that the information presented is comprehensible and acceptable to the target audience. Objective: This study sought to explore the acceptability and comprehensibility of the ‘Medicines in Scotland: What’s the right treatment for you?’ factsheet to the general public. Methods: Qualitative semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with members of the public.An interview schedule was developed to explore the acceptability and comprehensibility of the factsheet. Participants were recruited by a researcher who distributed information packs to attendees (n=70) of four community pharmacies.Interviews, (12-24 minutes duration), were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using a framework approach. Results: Nineteen participants returned a consent form (27.1%), twelve were interviewed. Six themes were identified: formatting of the factsheet and interpretation; prior health knowledge and the factsheet; information contained in the factsheet; impact of the factsheet on behaviour; uses for the factsheet; and revisions to the factsheet. Conclusions: The factsheet was generally perceived as helpful and comprehensive.It was highlighted that reading the leaflet may generate new knowledge and may have a positive impact on behaviour
Original languageEnglish
Article number1082
Number of pages7
JournalPharmacy Practice
Volume15
Issue number4
Early online date18 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • patient-centered care
  • information dissemination
  • patient preference
  • drug therapy
  • health promotion
  • pharmacies
  • pharmacists
  • qualitative research
  • United Kingdom

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