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How was patient empowerment portrayed in information leaflets describing the community pharmacy Medicines Use Review service in the UK?

By Melandi Van Den Berg and Parastou Donyai


OBJECTIVE: The Medicines Use Review (MUR) community pharmacy service was introduced in 2005 to enhance patient empowerment but the service has not been taken up as widely as expected. We investigated the depiction of the patient-pharmacist power relationship within MUR patient information leaflets. METHODS: We identified 11 MUR leaflets including the official Department of Health MUR booklet and through discourse analysis examined the way language and imagery had been used to symbolise and give meaning to the MUR service, especially the portrayal of the patient-pharmacist interactions and the implied power relations. RESULTS: A variety of terminology was used to describe the MUR, a service that aimed ultimately to produce more informed patients through the information imparted by knowledgeable, skilled pharmacists. CONCLUSION: The educational role of the MUR overshadowed the intended patient empowerment that would take place with a true concordance-centred approach. Although patient empowerment was implied, this was within the boundaries of the biomedical model with the pharmacist as the expert provider of medicines information. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: If patient empowerment is to be conveyed this needs to be communicated to patients through consistent use of language and imagery that portrays the inclusivity intended

Topics: alliedhealth
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2010
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