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Title: Patients' antibiotic knowledge: a trial assessing the impact of verbal education
Contributor(s): Northey, Alyce (author); McGuren, Therese (author); Stupans, Ieva  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12136
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Abstract: Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of involving community pharmacy staff in patient education about antibiotic resistance, thus improving antibiotic knowledge. Methods: Thirty-four patients presenting a valid antibiotic script for dispensing at three community pharmacies in regional New South Wales, Australia were randomly allocated by ballot draw to an intervention group or control group. Those in the intervention group were provided with verbal education based on an Australian National Prescribing Service patient leaflet regarding antibiotics. Key findings: This paper presents pilot data indicating that there was a significant increase in antibiotic knowledge determined approximately 1month after receiving verbal antibiotic education (33.3 ± 40.8) as compared with patients not receiving verbal antibiotic education (-5.1 ± 23.0), t (18.9) = 2.957, P = 0.008. Conclusions: This study has shown that verbal education, provided within a community pharmacy, regarding antibiotics improved patients' knowledge about antibiotics and provides evidence for the critical role of pharmacy staff in patient education.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 23(2), p. 158-160
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0961-7671
Field of Research (FOR): 111710 Health Counselling
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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