The views and experiences of people with type 2 diabetes being cared for by their community pharmacist: a cross-sectional patient survey
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Purpose: Community pharmacists are highly accessible healthcare providers and studies in several countries have demonstrated a role for community pharmacists in delivering enhanced care to people with type 2 diabetes. The aim of this study is to evaluate the views and experiences of people with type 2 diabetes attending community pharmacies in Ireland. Methods: A 13-item questionnaire, anchored on a 5-point Likert scale, was used. The study took place in seven pharmacies in the Munster region of Ireland. Participants were people attending a participating pharmacy who had type 2 diabetes and were aged ≥ 18 years. Results: The questionnaire was answered by 125 people with type 2 diabetes. Mean age of participants was 65.7 ± 12.4 years and 59.2% were male. The statement “I am totally satisfied with my visit to this pharmacist”, was the item that participants most frequently agreed with (agree/strongly agree = 99.2%, mean score 4.9 ± 0.4). Over 80% of participants agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “It is easier to get to see the pharmacist than the doctor”, (mean score 4.3 ± 1.1). Conclusion: In this population, people with type 2 diabetes were highly satisfied with the care provided to them by their community pharmacist. These data support the implementation of enhanced community pharmacy services for people with type 2 diabetes in Ireland.
Community pharmacy , Pharmacist , Type 2 diabetes , Ireland , Questionnaire
Cooney, P., Hanley, J., Ryan-O'Brien, N., Okada, H. and Bermingham, M. (2022) 'The views and experiences of people with type 2 diabetes being cared for by their community pharmacist: a cross-sectional patient survey', Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s40200-022-01111-2
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