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NIPOP Survey – Seeking Views from Community or Practice Based Pharmacists

 

NIPOP Survey – Seeking Views from Community or Practice Based Pharmacists 

With the support of the Pharmacy Forum, a guide to support medication review in older people has been developed by the Northern Ireland Pharmacists working with Older People (NIPOP) Network.  This guide is aimed at supporting pharmacists when carrying out comprehensive reviews of the appropriateness of medicines prescribed for older people.  Currently in its second version, printed copies of the guide have been sent to every community and practice-based pharmacist in Northern Ireland.

Researchers at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Ulster University and at the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) have developed a survey to gain a wider knowledge of the personal views and opinions of community and practice based pharmacists on the usefulness and appropriateness of the document. The output from the questionnaire will then be used by the NIPOP network to further refine the guide and develop a suitable App

If you are a community or practice based pharmacist we are now seeking your views.

Survey Time = approx.10- 15 mins

Closing Date 2nd November 

Potentially WIN £50 Amazon Vouchers 

Survey click here  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QR9PQBL  

Further information on the survey

Dear Sir/Madam,

A Medication Review for Older People Guide: User Feedback from Community and Practice-Based Pharmacists

Northern Ireland has the fastest growing population in the United Kingdom. It is predicted that the proportion of people living in Northern Ireland over the age of 75 years will increase by 40% before the year 2020. Older people are the highest users of NHS services, with increased rates of hospital admission noted with increasing age. With the support of the Pharmacy Forum, a guide to support medication review in older people has been developed by the Northern Ireland Pharmacists working with Older People (NIPOP) Network.  This guide is aimed at supporting pharmacists when carrying out comprehensive reviews of the appropriateness of medicines prescribed for older people.  Currently in its second version, printed copies of the guide have been sent to every community and practice-based pharmacist in Northern Ireland.  User feedback is required to inform future versions and updates of the guide which will include a supporting App.

Researchers at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Ulster University and at the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) have developed a survey to gain a wider knowledge of the personal views and opinions of the user group as a whole on the usefulness and appropriateness of the document. The output from the questionnaire will then be used by the NIPOP network to further refine the guide and develop a suitable App.

If you are a community or practice-based pharmacist in Northern Ireland, we would like to invite you to participate in this study. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. By completing this survey we are assuming that you are giving your consent to participant in this study, however you are free to leave the survey at any time. All participants being entered into a draw for a £50 Amazon voucher.  You will have the option at the end of survey monkey which will take you to a separate page where you can voluntarily add your email address for inclusion in the draw. Ethical approval has been granted by the School of Biomedical Sciences Ethics Filter Committee at Ulster University.

Please complete the questionnaire by Friday 2nd November 2018

Yours faithfully,

Dr Mamoon Aldeyab

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ulster University

BT52 1SA

Tel: 02870123425

Email: m.aldeyab@ulster.ac.uk

FAQ’s 

Who is undertaking the survey?

I am a level 4 MPharm undergraduate student at the University of Ulster.  Under the academic supervision of Dr Mamoon Aldeyab, Dr Ruth Miller (Lead Research Pharmacist, WHSCT) and Carmel Darcy (Consultant Pharmacist, Older People), for my final year dissertation I am conducting a study entitled ‘A Medication Review for Older People Guide: User Feedback from Community and Practice-Based Pharmacists.’   You are being invited to take part in this study.  Please read the following information which should answer any queries you may have in relation to this research project.

What is the purpose of the study?

With the support of the Pharmacy Forum NI, a guide for medication review in older people has been developed by the Northern Ireland Pharmacists working with Older People (NIPOP) Network. This guide is aimed at supporting pharmacists when carrying out comprehensive reviews of the appropriateness of medicines prescribed for older people.  Through this study, I wish to gain a wider knowledge of the personal views and opinions of community and practice based pharmacists on the usefulness and appropriateness of guidelines to inform medication review. In addition, through this survey, I aim to explore community and practice based pharmacists’ awareness and use of the NIPOP guide for medication review in older people.

Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen to take part in this study as you are a community or practice based pharmacist working within Northern Ireland

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary; if you do not wish to complete the questionnaire you have the right to do so. Consent will be considered implicit on questionnaire completion and submission.

What do I have to do?

All that you are asked to do is to complete the questionnaire which you can access online using the link provided. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes to do.  Once completed, you will be redirected to a separate questionnaire where you can choose to enter a draw to win a £50 Amazon Voucher

What are the risks and/or disadvantages of taking part?

There are no perceived risks, disadvantages or side effects associated with participating in this research except the time burden associated with questionnaire completion.

Are there any possible benefits in taking part?

While you may not experience any direct benefit immediately from taking part in this study, it is hoped that through the identification of your thoughts and experiences we can optimise the awareness, use and content of the NIPOP medication review in older people guide.

What if something goes wrong?

It is extremely unlikely that an individual would be harmed as a result of taking part in this study. The University has procedures in place for reporting, investigating, recording and handling complaints, and all complaints are taken seriously. Claims for negligent and non-negligent harm are covered by the normal University of Ulster and Trust indemnity provisions.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

The questionnaire will be completely anonymous and all data obtained will be held securely and in confidence in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.  However, Freedom of Information legislation will allow access to certain non-personal or generalised data.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be used to complete an MPharm dissertation project and may be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and may also be presented at relevant conferences.

Who is organising and funding the research?

The study is being organised and funded by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

Who has reviewed the study?

The study has been reviewed by a research ethics filter committee within the University of Ulster.

Will I receive any payment/incentive for participating in this research?

You will not receive any payment for completing the questionnaire.  However, all participants who return the questionnaire will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon Voucher.  If you wish to complete the questionnaire and be entered into the draw, please add your details on the webpage to which you will be redirected.  Only those who complete the questionnaire will have the opportunity to enter this draw.

Contact details:

If you would like general independent advice about taking part in research or indeed specific information about this research study, you may contact Dr Mamoon Aldeyab, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ulster University, BT52 1SA, Tel: 02870123425, Email: m.aldeyab@ulster.ac.uk

 

 

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