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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-30

Assessment of patient's satisfaction with pharmaceutical care services in community pharmacies in the United Arab Emirates

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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Suleiman Ibrahim El-Sharif
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Sharjah, P. O. Box 27272, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2045-080X.199615

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Objective: To determine some aspects of patient's satisfaction of pharmaceutical services provided by the community pharmacist. To assess consumer's attitude towards the services provided in the community pharmacy. Methods: An anonymous pre-piloted questionnaire-based study was conducted in the various Emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Data were analyzed using SPSS and results were expressed as frequency and percentage of respondents. Results: The response rate was 93.8% with more female than male respondents. The majority of participants were Arabs (80.5%) of young age and with no medical background. Slightly more than half of the respondents (198, 52.8%) visited the pharmacy to collect prescriptions, and 50.5% of them were able to collect the prescriptions straight away. Only 31.7% of respondents visited the pharmacy to purchase items and of these group 289 (77.1%) were satisfied with the pharmacist's help. When asked to describe their usual pharmacist, “experienced,” “trustworthy,” and “confident” were the descriptions given by 27.7%, 22.9%, and 67.9% respondents, respectively. The majority (74.1%) of respondents agreed that the pharmacist delivers their medicines in a polite way, and 43.7% agreed that the instructions were clearly labeled by the pharmacist on each medication and 24.5% agreed that the pharmacists provided them with information on drug storage. About 38.4% agreed that the place of pharmaceutical counseling respects their privacy. Conclusion: Results of the present study showed a general patient's satisfaction of the help provided by the community pharmacist. However, the pharmacist needs to fully practice his/her role to the advantage of the patients and the latter needs to be aware of what to expect and demand from the community pharmacist.

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