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McVeigh, Jim and Hearne, Evelyn and Bates, Geoff and Van Hout, Marie Claire (2017) Community pharmacist experiences of providing needle and syringe programmes in Ireland. Research in Social Administration and Pharmacy , 13 , (4) , pp. 767-777.

BACKGROUND
Community pharmacists are increasingly acknowledged as under-utilized, important and accessible health providers in providing harm reduction support to drug users via needle and syringe programmes (NSP), provision of advice, HIV/Hepatitis testing and as referral mechanism to social, medical and treatment services. We report here on qualitative findings as part of the evaluation of the pilot Pharmacy Needle Exchange (PNEX) programme in Ireland.

OBJECTIVES
The aim was to understand and illustrate pharmacist experiences of providing NSP.

METHODS
Of the 107 eligible pharmacies, a total of 70 participated in the national evaluation. Telephone interviews (n = 17) and one-to-one interviews (n = 13) using a semi-structured guide were conducted with 30 pharmacists. Analysis of data was conducted using the Empirical Phenomenological Psychological (EPP) five step protocol.

RESULTS
Pharmacist experiences illustrated the largely positive nature of providing NSP, and highlighted needs to develop harm reduction training for pharmacists and appropriate strategies to raise awareness, provide exchange packs to meet the specific needs of the diverse populations of people who inject drugs and ensure the development of trusting relationships and opportunities to engage within a confidential service.

CONCLUSIONS
Further enhancement of NSP coverage and targeted service delivery within national care pathways for drug and alcohol services is warranted.


Item Type:Article
Date:July 2017
Page Range:pp. 767-777
Volume:13
Number:4
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Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Opioid product > Naloxone
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Attitude toward substance use > Attitude toward substance user
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > Needle distribution and exchange
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Provider / worker / staff attitude toward treatment
T Demographic characteristics > Pharmacist
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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