Community pharmacists’ attitudes towards, and experiences of, providing medication reviews after hospital discharge: a questionnaire survey

Jennifer C Veeren, Philip J Rogers, Andrea D J Taylor, Marjorie C Weiss

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Abstract

Objectives
To investigate the attitudes and experiences of community pharmacists providing medicines-use review (MUR) and post-discharge medicines-use review (PD-MUR) services.

Methods
An online survey for community pharmacists who had experience providing the MUR service.

Key findings
In total, 495 community pharmacists responded to the survey. A total of 89% (n = 382) of community pharmacists wanted to receive the patient’s full discharge summary and 79% (n = 363) preferred electronic communication. Community pharmacists thought they could build trusted relationships with patients and felt that patients were willing to discuss post-discharge medicines-related issues with them. Less experienced pharmacists conducted more MURs than more experienced pharmacists (P = 0.004), and pharmacists working in large multiples (>50 pharmacies) conducted more MURs than those working in independent pharmacies (
Conclusions
Community pharmacists believe they have a vital role in supporting patients after hospital discharge. They can build long-lasting, trusted relationships with patients and patients are willing to discuss medication issues with them. By providing community pharmacists in all locations with timely access to accurate discharge information, they could use their knowledge and skills to better support patients after hospital discharge.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Early online date22 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Nov 2022

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