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Perspectives on privacy in the pharmacy: The views of opioid substitution treatment clients

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Many pharmacists practise in settings in which protecting privacy can be difficult. To address this, some community pharmacies are rearranging their retail space to provide private areas for clinical consultations. Such facilities are deemed particularly important when dealing with clients who have sensitive medical conditions, such as opioid dependence. Objective: To explore Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) patients’ perceptions of privacy in a community pharmacy setting, with a particular focus on the layout of the community pharmacy. Methods: We conducted semi-structured interviews with OST clients. Recruitment and the interviews were conducted at state government drug and alcohol clinic. The interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data were analysed in NVivo using the framework approach. Results: We interviewed fourteen OST clients. Most participants were concerned about privacy and considered that the pharmacy layout could enhance or hinder privacy. However, they disagreed about exactly which pharmacy layout was most privacy-protecting. In addition, a small group of clients interviewed who had a very positive relationship with pharmacists believed that the relationship contributed to their confidence that their privacy was protected. Conclusions: There is little consensus amongst consumers about how to protect privacy in the community pharmacy. The range of views expressed by clients in this study may reflect the lack of consensus about the nature of privacy in health ethics. Attention to the meaning of and rationales for privacy protections may be helpful when designing pharmacy layouts to meet the needs of a broad range of consumers. An enclosed or screened private area which can be used as a consultation area for all private pharmacy discussions, including for OST dosing, could be a solution to addressing these varying views on privacy in the pharmacy. Further attention to enhancing the pharmacist and client relationship may assist in reducing sensitivity about privacy.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Le, P. P., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2019). Perspectives on privacy in the pharmacy: The views of opioid substitution treatment clients. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 15(8), 1021-1026. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.02.003

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85061564723

Start Page


  • 1021

End Page


  • 1026

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 8

Abstract


  • Background: Many pharmacists practise in settings in which protecting privacy can be difficult. To address this, some community pharmacies are rearranging their retail space to provide private areas for clinical consultations. Such facilities are deemed particularly important when dealing with clients who have sensitive medical conditions, such as opioid dependence. Objective: To explore Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) patients’ perceptions of privacy in a community pharmacy setting, with a particular focus on the layout of the community pharmacy. Methods: We conducted semi-structured interviews with OST clients. Recruitment and the interviews were conducted at state government drug and alcohol clinic. The interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data were analysed in NVivo using the framework approach. Results: We interviewed fourteen OST clients. Most participants were concerned about privacy and considered that the pharmacy layout could enhance or hinder privacy. However, they disagreed about exactly which pharmacy layout was most privacy-protecting. In addition, a small group of clients interviewed who had a very positive relationship with pharmacists believed that the relationship contributed to their confidence that their privacy was protected. Conclusions: There is little consensus amongst consumers about how to protect privacy in the community pharmacy. The range of views expressed by clients in this study may reflect the lack of consensus about the nature of privacy in health ethics. Attention to the meaning of and rationales for privacy protections may be helpful when designing pharmacy layouts to meet the needs of a broad range of consumers. An enclosed or screened private area which can be used as a consultation area for all private pharmacy discussions, including for OST dosing, could be a solution to addressing these varying views on privacy in the pharmacy. Further attention to enhancing the pharmacist and client relationship may assist in reducing sensitivity about privacy.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Le, P. P., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2019). Perspectives on privacy in the pharmacy: The views of opioid substitution treatment clients. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 15(8), 1021-1026. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.02.003

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85061564723

Start Page


  • 1021

End Page


  • 1026

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 8