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Evaluating the Effect a of Handout on Community Pharmacists’ Opioid Safety Counseling

Social and Administrative Sciences Division, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53705, USA
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Pharmacy 2021, 9(1), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010049
Received: 24 January 2021 / Revised: 25 February 2021 / Accepted: 25 February 2021 / Published: 28 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pharmacist Roles Supporting Safe, Appropriate Opioid Use)
Community pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals to counsel patients about opioid risks and safety. Resources such as handouts are needed to improve pharmacists’ self-efficacy about opioid safety counseling. This study aims to understand the effects and usefulness of handouts in opioid risk and safety counseling in community pharmacists. Three community pharmacies participated in this study for three weeks, where five pharmacists participated in completing a survey about the process and integration of a handout in opioid medication consultation. Pharmacists filled the survey after counseling patients for opioid medication/s. Field observations were conducted at one of these sites as well. A total of 57 consults were recorded via surveys in these pharmacies. Only using the handout to guide the conversation was rated much less useful than integrating the handout and showing it to patient in the consult (β = 0.94, adjusted R2 = 0.29, p < 0.00001). Satisfaction about the patient education provided increased if opioid risks and safety topics were discussed (β = 0.7, adjusted R2 = 0.32, p = 0.00015). Patients seemed engaged in the consults, which was evident from the head nods, questions asked, and attention toward the pharmacist. Effective communication with patients or patient caregivers about opioid safety can be accomplished by using and modeling use of this handout and by providing structured instructions to use this handout optimally. View Full-Text
Keywords: opioid; pharmacist; patient education; counseling; handout; safety opioid; pharmacist; patient education; counseling; handout; safety
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Thakur, T.; Chewning, B. Evaluating the Effect a of Handout on Community Pharmacists’ Opioid Safety Counseling. Pharmacy 2021, 9, 49. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010049

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Thakur T, Chewning B. Evaluating the Effect a of Handout on Community Pharmacists’ Opioid Safety Counseling. Pharmacy. 2021; 9(1):49. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010049

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Thakur, Tanvee, and Betty Chewning. 2021. "Evaluating the Effect a of Handout on Community Pharmacists’ Opioid Safety Counseling" Pharmacy 9, no. 1: 49. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010049

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