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Survey of healthcare professionals’ practices, expectations, and attitudes towards provision of patient information leaflets in Thailand

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Survey of healthcare professionals’ practices, expectations, and attitudes towards provision of patient information leaflets in Thailand

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Narumol Jarernsiripornkul, Sireerat Nakboon, Kobkaew Anarj & Kamonphat Wongtaweepkij 

Abstract

Background Patient information leaflets are an important source of medicine information for patients. In Thailand, there is a lack of studies exploring activities of healthcare professionals and their attitudes towards provision of patient information leaflets. Objectives This study aimed to survey healthcare professionals’ practices on provision of medicine information, expectations of, attitudes towards provision of patient information leaflets and factors influencing these. Setting Two university hospitals in Thailand. Methods A self-completion questionnaire was distributed to chiefs of departments for further distribution to staff. A stratified sample of physicians and nurses was invited, while all pharmacists were invited to ensure sufficient numbers for comparison. Main outcome measure Healthcare professionals’ practices on provision of medicine information, expectations of, attitudes towards provision of patient information leaflets. Results Of the total 981 healthcare professionals invited, 493 responded (50.3% response rate). The number of respondents aware of patient information leaflets was 270 (57.6%). Of these, only 44.4% had ever given patient information leaflets to patients. Pharmacists provided patient information leaflets more frequently than other healthcare professionals. The expectation for patient information leaflets to be available was high; mean score 7.9 ± 2.31 of possible 10. Most respondents had positive attitudes towards providing patient information leaflets to patients (58.2%). Respondents who were aware of patient information leaflets availability were more likely to have a positive attitude (OR 0.543, p = 0.002). Level of education, time spent in direct care and being aware of patient information leaflets were factors associated with healthcare professionals’ attitudes. Conclusion Limited number of healthcare professionals had provided patient information leaflets to patients but most had positive attitudes regarding the usefulness of patient information leaflets for patients. Increased availability and use of patient information leaflets should be promoted.

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Year 2020
Language English
Format PDF
DOI 10.1007/s11096-020-00965-x