Patient Counseling On Herbal And Dietary Supplements

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Lin, H.W., Pickard, A.S., Mahady, G.B., Karabatsos, G., Crawford, S.Y., & Popovich, N.G. (2010). An instrument to evaluate pharmacists ' patient counseling on herbal and dietary supplements. Am J Pharm Educ. 15, 74(10), 192, 1-27. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3058472/ In the study conducted by Lin et al.(2010), researchers investigated the utilization and validity of assessment instrumentation for the purpose of quantifying patient-pharmacist interactions involving herbal and dietary supplementation. The purpose of the study was to develop a format of evaluation that could effectively determine the performance of the pharmacist while counseling a patient on herbal/ dietary remedies. Due to the broad…show more content…
The overall goal of these counseling sessions was to assess the quality and accuracy of pharmacist’s patient counseling of herbal and supplemental products. The initial pilot study was of small scale and 20 out of 34 pharmacists completed the PC-G/ PC-HDS centered counseling sessions with their pharmacist. The pharmacists recruited for these initial sessions were selected based on their having a variety of experience with counseling patients on the use of herbal and supplemental products. The subsequent study, which was larger in scale was conducted using pharmacists that had professional experience in counseling patients and knowledge of herbal and supplemental products. 179 out of 330 patients completed the validation large scale study (Lin et al., 2010). Parameters were set for the pharmacists, to guide the patient counseling interactions. Patient interviews were designed as both study specific knowledge, attitude, & behavior (KAB) surveys as well as Likert- type surveys. Specific counseling dialogue was expected to be centered around three main categories of patient interviewing, as set by APhA and other literature. These categories included “fostering relationships/ information gathering, assessment and plan/follow- up” (Lin et al. , 2010). Ultimately, there were eleven items that fell under the three main categories that guided the pharmacists further in their line of questioning. Overall, the study determined that not only did the parameters of questioning
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