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Table 2 Pharmacist assessment of simulated patient

From: A simulated patient study to evaluate community pharmacist assessment, management and advice giving to patients with asthma

No Question of assessment No (%) N = 195
First impression (assessing diagnosis of asthma) & degree of Control
1 Pharmacist asked about cough syrup? 53 (27.2)
2 Pharmacist asked about albuterol inhaler? 144 (58.5)
3 Pharmacist asked about previous diagnosis of asthma? 118 (61)
4 Pharmacist asked about any other medications for asthma? 51 (26)
Assessing Compliance with medications
5 Pharmacist assessed adherence to usual preventer medication use? 38 (19.5)
6 Pharmacist asked about inhaler technique? 1 (0.5)
Assessing Complications from disease & medications
7 Pharmacist assessed disease-related problems, e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness, etc 53 (27.2)
8 Pharmacist assessed drug-related problems, e.g., hoarseness (Preventer), tachycardia (albuterol)? 32 (16)
Pharmacist Management of patient
9 Pharmacist supplied either one of the medications? 131 (67)
Both medication 109 (56)
Only cough syrup 15 (7.7)
Only albuterol 7 (3.6)
10 Pharmacist referred patient to physician? 126 (65)
Pharmacist education and advice giving
11 Pharmacist provided any information about medications for asthma, what type of information? 56 (29)
Complete information 1 (0.5)
Incomplete information 27 (14)
Poor information 28 (14)
12 Pharmacist provided any counseling on inhaler technique? What type of counseling? 41 (21)
Complete information 14 (7)
Incomplete information 25 (13)
Poor information 2 (1)
13 Pharmacist provided any information about asthma and its trigger factors, what type of information? 16 (8)
Complete information 4 (2)
Incomplete information 10 (5)
Poor information 2 (1)
14 Pharmacist provided information on adherence to preventer medications 1 (0.5)
15 Pharmacist provided information on drug-related problems 32 (16)
Patient Concerns: Pharmacist education and advice giving
16 When asked, pharmacist provided information on asthma medications? How well and complete was the counseling? N = 139
Complete information 42 (30)
Incomplete information 45 (32)
Poor information 53 (38)
17 When asked, pharmacist provided comparison of medication use in asthma? N = 195
Complete information 39 (20)
Incomplete information 103 (53)
Poor information 53 (27)
18 When asked, pharmacist counseled on appropriate inhaler technique? How well was the counseling? N = 154
Complete information 75 (49)
Incomplete information 53 (34)
Poor information 26 (17)