Special Issue "Medication Experiences"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jon Schommer
Guest Editor
College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, 308 Harvard Street, SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Interests: information processing and decision making related to the provision, use, and evaluation of drug products and pharmacist services
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Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to submit a manuscript to the “Medication Experiences” special issue in the journal - Pharmacy – an open access journal with a focus on pharmacy education & practice.

As an example, you may wish to take a look at previous special issues: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/pharmacy/special_issues

For the special issue on “Medication Experiences” we seek a full breadth of manuscripts including, but not limited to the following topics: (1) individuals’ subjective lived experience of taking medications in their daily lives, (2) symbolism that medications hold for people, (3) meanings of medications for people (4) positive or negative bodily effects people experience from medications, (5) dealing with the unremitting nature of chronic medication use, (6) exerting control over their medications, (7) medications as a life saviour or a life burden, (8) beliefs, information processing and decision making about medications, (9) helpful service designs for using medications, and (10) patient-reported outcomes regarding medications. We seek manuscripts of all types including: (1) reviews, (2) commentaries, (3) idea papers, (4) case studies, (5) demonstration studies, and (6) research studies.

The overall goal of this special issue on “Medications Experiences” is to give the reader a state-of-the-art synopsis of the medication experience domain at this point in time. To accomplish this goal, we seek papers that address the social, psychosocial, political, legal, historic, clinical, and economic factors that are associated with medication experiences. Papers that translate concepts from other domains into the medication experiences realm will be instructive to our audience and are welcome for this special issue.

The idea for this special issue is rooted in a series of papers that colleagues from the University of Minnesota, USA put together. For many of those, Jon Schommer (special issue editor) serves as a co-author. In such cases, journal staff will identify another editor for decision-making to avoid conflict of interest in the review process.

As you consider submitting your work, please check with the journal about the possibility of receiving a discounted article processing fee for your submission. They will review this on a case-by-case basis. If the special issue publishes more than 10 papers, the publisher will print a book edition. The book would be made available, in digital format (for free) and paperback copies (ordered via Amazon) on the MDPI platform (http://books.mdpi.com).

Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787) is an international scientific open access journal on pharmacy education and practice published quarterly online by MDPI. The journal has already been indexed by PubMed, ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index), and Web of Science. Furthermore, /Pharmacy/ is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and, accordingly, submissions are peer reviewed rigorously to ensure that they conform to the highest standards in their field.

Please note that we have framed this special issue using ideas published by experts in the medication experience domain including:

Camporesi, Silvia. “Pharmacopoeia, or How Many Pills Do We Take in a Lifetime?” Humanities and Health, April 28, 2011, King’s College London.

Cipolle, Robert J., Linda M. Strand, and Peter C. Morley, “The Patient’s Medication Experience,” in Pharmaceutical Care Practice, The Clinician’s Guide, Second Edition, 2004, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., New York, 102 – 117.

Mohammed, Mohammed, Rebekah J. Moles, and Timothy F. Chen, “Medication-related burden and patients’ lived experience with medicine: a systematic review and metasythesis of qualitative studies,” BMJ Open, 2016, Vol. 6, e010035. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010035.

Shoemaker, Sarah J. and Djenane Ramalho de Oliveira. “Understanding the Meaning of Medications for Patients: The Medication Experience,” Pharm World Sci, 2009, Vol. 30: 86-91.

Shoemaker, Sarah J., Djenane Ramalho de Oliveira, Mateus Alves, and Mollie Ekstrand, “The Medication Experience: Preliminary Evidence of Its Value for Patient Education and Counseling on Chronic Medications,” Patient Education and Counseling, 2011, Vol. 83, No. 3, 443 – 450.

Sanchez, Luz Dalia, “Medication Experiences of Hispanic People Living with HIV/AIDS,” INNOVATIONS in pharmacy, 2010, Vol. 1, No. 1, Article 6 (9 pages).

Singh, Reshmi L., Jon C. Schommer, Marcia M. Worley, and Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, “Antidepressant Use Amongst College Students’: Findings of a Phenomenology Study,” INNOVATIONS in pharmacy, 2012, Vol. 3, No. 2, Article 76, 13 pages.

We will certainly consider papers that use other frameworks, but wanted to let you know about the foundational context that we will be using as we construct this special issue.

Thank you for considering this invitation,

Prof. Jon C. Schommer
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Pharmacy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


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“Stigma and HIV Are Like Brother and Sister!”: The Experience of African-Born Persons Living with HIV in the US
Pharmacy 2020, 8(2), 92; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8020092 (registering DOI) - 30 May 2020
Minnesota has seen an increase in the number of immigrants from Africa, notably in the mid-1990s, making up around 2% of Minnesota’s total population. This population also faces many impediments that cause important difficulties not only for HIV prevention but also for treatment [...] Read more.
Minnesota has seen an increase in the number of immigrants from Africa, notably in the mid-1990s, making up around 2% of Minnesota’s total population. This population also faces many impediments that cause important difficulties not only for HIV prevention but also for treatment and care options. The objectives of this study were to capture the experiences of Persons Living with HIV (PLWH) in Minnesota (US) and to elicit their stories about their diagnosis news and what management strategies they use for coping with the stigma associated with the disease. Participants were recruited via fliers in pharmacies, clinics, and HIV service centers located in Minnesota. Recruitment continued until thematic saturation was obtained. Fourteen subjects participated in audio-recorded, semi-structured interviews that were transcribed verbatim into written text. The transcriptions were analyzed using Thematic Analysis. Three themes emerged from the data. Theme 1: Cruel News: “HIV-Oooooo! I wish I was dead”, Theme 2: This is My Secret! and Theme 3: “Stigma and HIV are brother and sister”. The results demonstrate that stigma is an ever-present problem in African-born PLWH living in the US. Participants perceived the stigma associated with HIV status to affect their lives and culture at individual, familial, and societal levels. Full article
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