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Characterisation of patient encounters in community pharmacies (with special focus on self-medication)

Leen De Bolle (UGent) , Els Mehuys (UGent) , Thierry Christiaens (UGent) , Inge Van Tongelen (UGent) , Jean Paul Remon (UGent) and Koen Boussery (UGent)
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Objectives: To characterise patient encounters during routine drug dispensing in community pharmacies. Methods: Cross-sectional survey in community pharmacies (Belgium). Key findings: Fifty-four per cent of all encounters (N = 1650) concerned patients carrying a prescription, of which 39% were prescriptions for new medication and 61% were repeat prescriptions. In 62% of all encounters, patients asked for non-prescribed medication. Almost one-third of self-medication requests related to special patient populations (mainly children and elderly). Conclusions: Many encounters related to self-medication, and a substantial number of these self-medication requests concerned vulnerable patient populations.
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pharmacovigilance, prescribed medicines, non-prescription medicines, community pharmacy, primary care

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De Bolle, Leen, Els Mehuys, Thierry Christiaens, Inge Van Tongelen, Jean Paul Remon, and Koen Boussery. 2015. “Characterisation of Patient Encounters in Community Pharmacies (with Special Focus on Self-medication).” International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 23 (3): 228–231.
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De Bolle, L., Mehuys, E., Christiaens, T., Van Tongelen, I., Remon, J. P., & Boussery, K. (2015). Characterisation of patient encounters in community pharmacies (with special focus on self-medication). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACY PRACTICE, 23(3), 228–231.
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De Bolle L, Mehuys E, Christiaens T, Van Tongelen I, Remon JP, Boussery K. Characterisation of patient encounters in community pharmacies (with special focus on self-medication). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACY PRACTICE. 2015;23(3):228–31.
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De Bolle, Leen, Els Mehuys, Thierry Christiaens, et al. “Characterisation of Patient Encounters in Community Pharmacies (with Special Focus on Self-medication).” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACY PRACTICE 23.3 (2015): 228–231. Print.
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  abstract     = {Objectives: To characterise patient encounters during routine drug dispensing in community pharmacies. 
Methods: Cross-sectional survey in community pharmacies (Belgium). 
Key findings: Fifty-four per cent of all encounters (N = 1650) concerned patients carrying a prescription, of which 39% were prescriptions for new medication and 61% were repeat prescriptions. In 62% of all encounters, patients asked for non-prescribed medication. Almost one-third of self-medication requests related to special patient populations (mainly children and elderly). 
Conclusions: Many encounters related to self-medication, and a substantial number of these self-medication requests concerned vulnerable patient populations.},
  author       = {De Bolle, Leen and Mehuys, Els and Christiaens, Thierry and Van Tongelen, Inge and Remon, Jean Paul and Boussery, Koen},
  issn         = {0961-7671},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACY PRACTICE},
  keywords     = {pharmacovigilance,prescribed medicines,non-prescription medicines,community pharmacy,primary care},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {228--231},
  title        = {Characterisation of patient encounters in community pharmacies (with special focus on self-medication)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijpp.12138},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2015},
}

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