An Experimental Program for Effective Communication of Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Pharmacists

  • 孫 意惟

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Plenty of potential drug-related problems were noted in the middle-aged and older adults Effective communication is essential for pharmacists to coordinate their opinions with patients to improve the effectiveness of drug treatment and reduce drug-related problems However few studies focused on patients’ abilities to communicate with pharmacists even though it was vital for the effectiveness of medical treatment The purpose of this study was to design a communication training program for middle-age and older adults not only to enhance their understanding of pharmacists’ responsibilities and the importance to communicate with pharmacists but also to improve their self-efficacy about drug-related communication and the ability to list their latest medication A non-randomized control-group pretest-posttest design was conducted in Tainan City Through individual interviews of five pharmacists and a focus group interview we ensured the appropriateness and expertise of the training program 178 adults over 55 years old were distributed into experimental group or control group The experimental group underwent the training program after the pretest while no intervention was provided to the control group Face-to-face and role-play sessions were in process with a training booklet in the courses Both groups completed the posttest four weeks after the pretest This communication training program appeared to be effective since the knowledge about pharmacists’ responsibilities and self-efficacy of drug-related communication were significantly improved in the experimental group (p < 05) rather than the control group Completion of the recent medication list was also improved from 39 52% to 78 09% and was significantly higher than the control group
Date of Award2020
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorHui-Ching Weng (Supervisor)

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