STARZ-DRP: A STRUCTURED FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS TO COUNSEL SELF-CARE CUSTOMERS
Objective: Aim of this study is to take a look at the community pharmacistsâ€™ (CPs) self-rating confidence of advocating self-care customers using before and after attending a STARZ-DRP training workshop.
Methods: CPs (n=231) in the state of Penang had been invited via e-mail to engage in a STARZ-DRP training workshop. CPs had been trained to assess individual features and analyse the facts and figures before formulating a triage action plan. A self-administered questionnaire to evaluate CPsâ€™ self-confidence to performing self-care counselling had been handed out before and after the workshop.
Results: Twenty CPs (8.7%) had responded to the invitation via e-mail. It was noted that CPsâ€™ self-rating confidence to performing self-care counselling making use of STARZ-DRP as a framework were improved in all domains reflected in the questionnaire. Among significant improvements (p<0.05) noted were making triage decision, consistently assessing individual features, and identifying actual or potential origins of the medical problem.
Conclusion: CPsâ€™ self-confidence to performing self-care counselling making use of STARZ-DRP as a framework to advocate self-care customers is enhanced after turning up at the training workshop. It reflects the future use of STARZ-DRP as a potential framework to help out CPs to formulate a triage action plan for self-care customers.
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