Patient views of the re-ordering system for repeat prescription medications, and the subsequent behaviours this leads to
Rayner, Kimberly Jane
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background - In England alone, the cost of the prescription drugs in 2016 far exceeded £15 billion (Hazel & Robson, 2015) with an estimated cost of £300 million wasted prescriptions annually in the United Kingdom (UK) (Trueman et al, 2010). Method & Participants – six participants were recruited, four female and two males, aged 25 – 70 from England, UK. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to identify patient views of the ordering prescription system in the UK and the subsequent behaviour it led to, e.g. stockpiling. The interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. Results – The analysis identified four key themes: ‘responsibility’, ‘re-ordering systems’, ‘acceptance of systems’ and ‘adherence to medications’. Research limitations/implications – This study provides a solid basis for future research with the use of a Likert scale questionnaire using the themes identified from the interview data collection. A questionnaire would allow the results to be more generalizable to the wider population.
BSc (Hons) Psychology