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  1. Societal perceptions of community pharmaceutical services in Malta.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective 

    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.

    Method 

    An interviewer-administered structured questionnaire was used to interview 912 members of the public (395 males, 517 females).

    Results 

    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.