ERIC Number: EJ1047475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Weight Management Recommendations across Australian Community Pharmacies Using Case Vignettes
Fakih, Souhiela; Marriott, Jennifer L.; Hussainy, Safeera Y.
Health Education Research, v29 n6 p953-965 Dec 2014
With the increase in the overweight and obese population, it is critical that pharmacy staff are able to provide weight management advice to women at different stages of their life. This study utilized case vignettes to identify pharmacists' and pharmacy assistants' current weight management recommendations to women of different ages, life stages and co-morbidities. A total of 537 pharmacist and 403 pharmacy assistant responses were received. In the case of the pre-pregnancy vignette, only 57% (46/80) of pharmacy assistants were able to correctly identify a woman's weight category based on her body mass index, which was significantly fewer than 86% (86/108) of pharmacists (P < 0.001). In the pregnancy vignette, both pharmacists and pharmacy assistants were able to identify the risks of using a herbal weight loss medication in pregnancy. The need for a "multi-disciplinary team approach" was seen in the menopause case vignette with pharmacists, highlighting the need for the involvement of other health care professionals for successful weight loss outcomes. Australian pharmacists and pharmacy assistants are currently providing weight management services to their consumers, however, not all of their recommendations are evidence-based. There is a need for pharmacy weight management educational resources to be developed and implemented across community pharmacies.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pharmacy, Body Composition, Body Weight, Vignettes, Interdisciplinary Approach, Pregnancy, Drug Therapy, Females, Physiology, Health Services, Health Promotion
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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