How can community pharmacists be supported to manage skin conditions? A multistage stakeholder research prioritisation exercise

Abstract

Objective: To establish research priorities which will support the development and delivery of community pharmacy initiatives for the management of skin conditions. Design: An iterative, multistage stakeholder consultation consisting of online survey, participant workshops and prioritisation meeting. Setting: All data collection took place online with participants completing a survey (delivered via the JISC Online Survey platform, between July 2021 and January 2022) and participating in online workshops and meetings (hosted on Microsoft Teams between April and July 2022). Participants: 174 community pharmacists and pharmacy staff completed the online survey. 53 participants participated in the exploratory workshops (19 community pharmacists, 4 non-pharmacist members of pharmacy staff and 30 members of the public). 4 healthcare professionals who were unable to attend a workshop participated in a one-to-one interview. 29 participants from the workshops took part in the prioritisation meeting (5 pharmacists/pharmacy staff, 1 other healthcare professional and 23 members of the public). Results: Five broad areas of potential research need were identified in the online survey: (1) identifying and diagnosing skin conditions; (2) skin conditions in skin of colour; (3) when to refer skin conditions; (4) disease-specific concerns and (5) product-specific concerns. These were explored and refined in the workshops to establish 10 potential areas for research, which will support pharmacists in managing skin conditions. These were ranked in the prioritisation meeting. Among those prioritised were topics which consider how pharmacists work with other healthcare professionals to identify and manage skin conditions. Conclusions: Survey responses and stakeholder workshops all recognised the potential for community pharmacists to play an active role in the management of common skin conditions. Future research may support this in the generation of resources for pharmacists, in encouraging public take-up of pharmacy services, and in evaluating the most effective provision for dealing with skin conditions.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-071863
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Pharmacy School
College of Health & Life Sciences
Funding Information: This project is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (project reference 522). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health a
Additional Information: © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2023. Re-use permitted under CC BY. Published by BMJ.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community Pharmacy Services,Humans,Pharmacies,Pharmacists,Professional Role,Skin,Surveys and Questionnaires,Patient Participation,QUALITATIVE RESEARCH,PRIMARY CARE,DERMATOLOGY,Medicine(all)
Publication ISSN: 2044-6055
Last Modified: 24 May 2024 07:21
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2024 12:11
Full Text Link: https://notting ... output/28430052
Related URLs: https://bmjopen ... /1/e071863.long (Publisher URL)
http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2024-01-02
Accepted Date: 2023-11-16
Authors: Harvey, Jane
Shariff, Zakia
Anderson, Claire
Boyd, Matthew J.
Ridd, Matthew J.
Santer, Miriam
Thomas, Kim Suzanne
Maidment, Ian (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4152-9704)
Leighton, Paul

Download

[img]

Version: Published Version

Access Restriction: Restricted to Repository staff only

License: Creative Commons Attribution


[img]

Version: Published Version

License: Creative Commons Attribution

| Preview

Export / Share Citation


Statistics

Additional statistics for this record