Exploration of health professional stakeholders' views and experiences regarding minor ailments services' education, training and assessment.
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- Journal Article
- International journal of clinical pharmacy, 2020
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Background Minor ailments services are structured pharmacy-based primary health care services that manage minor conditions. Limited training, education and assessment exists to promote the delivery of minor ailments services by pharmacy staff and it is unclear if the existing training and education processes meet professional requirements. Objective To explore the views and experiences of health professional stakeholders such as community pharmacists, intern pharmacists, medicines counter assistants and general medical practitioners with regards to minor ailments services education, training and assessment practices and preferences. Setting This study explored the views and experiences of health professional stakeholders in Australia. Method Semi-structured interviews were conducted, audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and then coded thematically using QSR Nvivo12. Main outcome measure Stakeholders' views and experiences regarding minor ailments services education, training and assessment practices and preferences. Results Twenty-eight interviews were conducted (community pharmacists n = 12; medicines counter assistants n = 4; intern pharmacists n = 9; general medical practitioners n = 3). Thematic analysis generated three themes: (1) pharmacy staff who require minor ailment service training; (2) acceptability and willingness to complete additional training; (3) learning preferences and approaches. Stakeholders reported considerations for the diverse roles in service delivery and fit for purpose tailored training. Conclusion Detailed practice guidelines may facilitate clarity of an individual staff member's role. Education and training in both clinical and non-clinical aspects of the service may be beneficial and may improve minor ailments service uptake and outcomes.
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