To assess the views of the Maltese general public on services provided by community pharmacies in Malta and their opinions on the proposed extended role for pharmacies.
An interviewer-administered structured questionnaire was used to interview 912 members of the public (395 males, 517 females).
The majority of respondents (70.8%) visited a pharmacy at least once a month, with females visiting more frequently than males (P<0.01).
Almost 31% stated that the main reason for visiting a pharmacy was to purchase prescribed medication, while 23.3% said that it was to obtain over-the-counter products.
Women were more likely than men to be influenced by the pharmacist's advice when selecting an over-the-counter product (P<0.05).
The majority of respondents (62.8%) said that they usually bought their medicines from the same pharmacy and loyalty to a particular pharmacy increased with age.
When treating minor ailments, respondents were more likely to consult their doctor or self-treat rather than seek advice from the pharmacist.
The proposed extended role of the community pharmacist found support with the public, e.g. 90.2% felt that the pharmacist should promote health education, with the preferred method suggested being through individual advice ; 85.7% were in favour of screening and monitoring services and 85.6% felt that the keeping of patient medication records would be useful.
Almost three-quarters (74. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Pharmacie officine, Malte, Europe, Questionnaire, Population, Utilisateur, Homme, Service proximité, Conseil, Rôle professionnel, Perception sociale, Communauté, Pharmacien, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drugstore, Malta, Europe, Questionnaire, Population, User, Human, Neighbourhood service, Council, Occupational role, Social perception, Community, Chemist, Health staff
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0497404
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 19/02/1999.