A national mailed survey exploring weight management services across Australian community pharmacies

Souhiela Fakih, Jennifer Lillian Marriott, Safeera Yasmeen Hussainy

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Abstract

This study investigated pharmacists and pharmacy assistants current weight management recommendations to consumers across Australian community pharmacies using a mailed questionnaire. Two questionnaires were developed, one for pharmacists and one for pharmacy assistants, each divided into five sections. One pharmacist and pharmacy assistant questionnaire were mailed in November 2011 to a systematic sample of 3000 pharmacies across Australia for one pharmacist and pharmacy assistant each to complete. A total of 537 pharmacist and 403 pharmacy assistant responses, from 880 different pharmacies, were received. Overall 94.5 (n=832/880) of associated pharmacies stocked weight loss products and 48.2 (n=424/880) offered a weight management program. Both pharmacists and pharmacy assistants felt that the development of pharmacy-specific educational resources and additional training would help improve their ability to provide weight management services. Australian pharmacists and pharmacy assistants currently appear to be providing weight management services to consumers; however, not all their recommendations are evidence based. The need for additional training for pharmacy staff in areas identified as lacking and the development of pharmacy weight management educational resources needs to be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197 - 204
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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