Prescription Drug Abuse: A Comparison of Prescriber and Pharmacist Perspectives

In the Know published on September 20, 2013
Subst Use Misuse 2013 Jun;48(9):783-790 doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.787101. Epub 2013 Apr 22.

Prescription Drug Abuse: A Comparison of Prescriber and Pharmacist Perspectives.

Hagemeier NE, Gray JA, Pack RP.

This study compared perceptions of prescribers and pharmacists (N = 89) regarding multiple aspects of prescription drug abuse. Questionnaires were developed to assess perceptions regarding the prevalence of prescription drug abuse, self-perceived communication competence, and additional communication and prescription drug abuse domains. Pharmacists perceived a larger percentage of patients (41%) to be abusing opioid pain relievers as compared with their prescriber colleagues (17%). Both prescribers and pharmacists indicated improvements in prescriber-pharmacist communication would serve to deter prescription drug abuse. Self-efficacy beliefs for detecting and discussing prescription drug abuse with patients were low for both cohorts. Implications and limitations are noted. Year of data collection: 2012 Setting: Rural Appalachia Data Collection Instruments: Prescriber- and pharmacist-specific survey instruments Data Analysis Techniques: Independent samples t-test; Mann-Whitney U test.

PMID: 23607672 [PubMed - in process]
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