Advancing Mental heaLth Provision In PHarmacY (AMPLIPHY): A feasibility study

Hayley C. Gorton, Lisa Riste, Donna Littlewood, Gary Pickering, Christopher J. Armitage, Darren M. Ashcroft

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Abstract

Background Specifically-designed community pharmacy-based services represent opportunities to support people with their mental health. As few such services exist worldwide, the Advancing Mental HeaLth Provision In PharmacY (AMPLIPHY) was designed with stakeholders. The purpose was to support people with their mental health when initiated on new prescription or change in drug, dose or quantity of antidepressant, through a series of consultations (up to 3 months). Objective(s) The aim was to evaluate the feasibility of the AMPLIPHY service. The objectives were to: i) pilot the service; ii) examine anonymous consultation data to understand patients' characteristics, priorities and consultation focus and iii) Evaluate pharmacists’ experiences. Methods This service evaluation involved a concurrent mixed methods design. Patient characteristics were extracted from consultation notes and descriptive statistics applied. Content analysis was used to summarise consultation foci and comparisons between patients’ priorities with consultation content were made. Pharmacists were interviewed at the start (n = 10) and end (n = 4) of the pilot with themes identified using thematic analysis. Results Seventy-six patients participated (63% of recruitment target). The median age was 39 (IQR 28–47) and 62% were female. Seventy percent of patients had one consultation, 26% had two and 4% had three. Prescription for new antidepressant was the most common reason for entry (74%) and sertraline was most prescribed (46%). Consultations commonly focussed on life experience (n = 51), medication (n = 47), health (n = 42), support (n = 36) and patients' expression of their feelings (n = 31). The pharmacists’ experiences were summarised in three themes: i) Motivation, ii) Practicalities and iii) Experience and Outcomes. Conclusions Pharmacists were motivated to deliver this novel service and some patients were willing to join the service. Analysis of patient demographics, consultation notes and interviews provide insight into the strengths and challenges of the service and provides a blueprint for future service developments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Early online date9 Nov 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2021

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