De Tran, Van, Valeria Valeryevna Dorofeeva, Ekaterina Loskutova, Tatyana P. Lagutkina, Irina V. Kosova, Elena I. Gribkova, Galina A. Galkina, Tatiana V. Pak, Alfia N. Ibragimova, Minh Hoang Le, & Thi Tai Nguyen Cao (2020, November). Elderly consumers’ satisfaction with the quality of community pharmacy services in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: A Q-methodology study. Pharmacia, 67(4), 303-309. (doi: 10.3897/pharmacia.67.e56511) (Link: https://doi.org/10.3897/pharmacia.67.e56511) (Access: https://pharmacia.pensoft.net/article/56511/)

Abstract: Introduction : The purpose of this study was to understand elderly consumers’ satisfaction on the community pharmacy services in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Materials and methods: A sample of 32 consumers, aged over 60, was recruited in four pharmacies in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from December, 2017 to January, 2018. Q-methodology was used to identify the patterns of consumers’ satisfaction. Results: Two distinct patterns of elderly consumers’ viewpoints toward the community pharmacy services were identified. Elderly consumers in viewpoint 1 were satisfied with the geographic accessibility of community pharmacies. Elderly consumers in viewpoint 2 were satisfied with the affordability of medicines. However, consumers of both viewpoints expressed dissatisfaction with the pharmacy staff counseling on missed doses, storage, side effects, and interactions of medicines. Conclusion: The results from this study suggest that pharmacy staff need to spend more time for consultations on proper medication use with elderly consumers.

Van De Tran <tvde@ctump.edu.vn> is in the Department of Medicine, Cần Thơ University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cần Thơ, Vietnam.

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