Title
Impact of training on pharmacists' counseling of patients starting antidepressant therapy Impact of training on pharmacists' counseling of patients starting antidepressant therapy
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Limerick ,
Subject
Sociology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Patient education and counseling. - Limerick, 1983, currens
Volume/pages
94(2014) :1 , p. 110-115
ISSN
0738-3991
ISI
000329887300017
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Objective: To measure the impact of a one-day depression-related training program on pharmacists' counseling of unannounced "mystery shoppers" (MS) starting antidepressant therapy. Methods: Clustered RCT pharmacies; intervention group pharmacists received communication skills training related to depression (n = 21); control pharmacists did not (n = 19). Eight months after training, the 40 community pharmacies were visited by MS with a first prescription for antidepressants. The pharmacy interactions were recorded and analyzed using the Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS). Mann-Whitney U tests were used to evaluate the impact of training on pharmacy interactions and MS evaluations of the pharmacists' skills and attitudes. Results: Interactions of intervention group pharmacists were significantly longer and consisted of more education and counseling statements about lifestyle and psychosocial concerns. Intervention group pharmacists asked more questions about medical condition and therapeutic regimen, as well as socioemotional concerns. MS gave more socioemotional information to intervention group pharmacists and were more positive in their assessment of these pharmacists' skills and attitudes (p values < 0.05). Conclusion: Pharmacist training in depression care can positively affect the quality of patient care. Practice implications: Postgraduate training in depression related services is a worthwhile approach to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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