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Title: Community pharmacy services for drug misusers : a study of the perspectives of service users and providers
Author: Matheson, Catriona I.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1998
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The aim of this research project was to investigate, in detail, all aspects of the apparently increasing role of the community pharmacist in Scotland in providing services to drug misusers. The research focused on two areas: firstly, the effect of pharmacists' attitudes on their actual behaviour (i.e. whether services are provided), the type of services provided and how these services are delivered in practice as perceived by the pharmacist and the drug misusing client; secondly, the nature of the interaction between the pharmacist and drug misuser. Drug misusers valued a good relationship with their pharmacist and this encouraged service usage. Negative attitudes from pharmacist about drug misusers were a barrier to service provision both in terms of whether services were provided and the process of service delivery to drug misusers. This could be relieved by encouragement and endorsement of the pharmacist's role. Negative attitudes are counterproductive as they promote the sense of stigmatisation of drug misusers and may precipitate negative behaviour. To some extent negative attitudes are caused by personal conflict regarding the appropriate professional role of the community pharmacists in drug misuse. Greater local networking, joint training with other service providers and active support from local health boards would encourage more pharmacists to provide the services desired by drug misusers such as greater availability of injecting equipment and methadone dispensing. This would enable the principles of the harm reduction strategy to be widely practised.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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