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Patients 'do not want information prescriptions', pilot finds

By Nigel Praities

A trial of the Government's flagship scheme to provide information prescriptions to all patients with long-term conditions has failed due to ‘lack of interest' from patients.

The trial – conducted in four community pharmacies in England – was targeted at providing more information to parents with children who had long-term conditions.

An evaluation of the pilot found despite an enthusiastic response from the pharmacists running the scheme, they struggled to recruit the target of 10 parents.

One pharmacist complained: ‘The parents don't seem to perceive a need to have any more support or information than they are already getting from the GP or the asthma nurse.'

The evaluation was published early online in the journal Primary Health Care Research and Development.

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