The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and nature of patient counseling barriers as perceived by pharmacists. The data was collected by adding a question about the existence and nature of counseling barriers, if they exist, to the standard patient counseling form used by pharmacists. The prevalence of counseling barriers was 12.5%. The major counseling barrier was counseling the caregiver instead of the patient (27.8%), followed by low level of education, lack of privacy, lack of interest/time and partial consciousness of the patient (16.7% each) and hearing impairment (11.1%). Finally gender and delay of discharge order were the least reported (5.26% each). This study recommends that a special counseling protocol should be implemented for patients with low level of education and partial hearing impairment and that a proper setting for counseling and strict implementation of policies should be provided by the institution.
Abdulkareem M. Albekairy. Pharmacists’ Perceived Barriers to Patient Counseling. J App Pharm Sci, 2014; 4 (01): 070-073.
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