Prevalence of swallowing difficulties and medication modification in customers of community pharmacy

Lau, Esther T. L., Steadman, Kathryn J., Mak, Marilyn, Cichero, Julie A. Y. and Nissen, Lisa M. (2015) Prevalence of swallowing difficulties and medication modification in customers of community pharmacy. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 45 1: 18-23. doi:10.1002/jppr.1052


Author Lau, Esther T. L.
Steadman, Kathryn J.
Mak, Marilyn
Cichero, Julie A. Y.
Nissen, Lisa M.
Title Prevalence of swallowing difficulties and medication modification in customers of community pharmacy
Journal name Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2055-2335
1445-937X
Publication date 2015-03-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jppr.1052
Volume 45
Issue 1
Start page 18
End page 23
Total pages 6
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background

People may alter their solid oral medication dosage forms to make it easier to swallow. However, modification of solid medication dosage forms can lead to adverse effects, and people may alter the dosage forms without informing the health professionals involved in their care.

Aim

To estimate the prevalence of swallowing difficulties and medication dosage form modification among community pharmacy consumers, and to investigate consumer views, attitudes and interactions with health professionals regarding such issues.

Method

Consumers were recruited from five community pharmacies in Brisbane, Australia and invited to participate in a structured interview.

Results

A total of 369 consumers participated in the study. Overall, 16.5% of people reported experiencing swallowing difficulties, and 10.6% of all respondents reported modifying medication dosage forms. Almost half (44.2%) of those surveyed did not think there would be issues with modifying medication dosage forms. Some consumers would not seek advice from health professionals if they experienced swallowing problems and/or would not seek advice from health professionals before modifying their medication dosage forms, regardless of their thoughts about any problems associated with this practice.

Conclusion

Some consumers appeared to be accustomed to modifying medication dosage forms, even when there was no apparent or obvious need. People were also reluctant to seek advice from health professionals regarding swallowing difficulties, or modifying medication dosage forms. Health professionals must be assertive in educating consumers about swallowing problems, and medication dosage form modification.
Keyword Swallowing difficulties
Solid oral dosage forms
Medication modification
Pharmacy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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