The study was approved by the University of East Anglia Ethics Committee. An introductory e-mail was sent out to 10,000 e-mail addresses held by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education
containing a link to an online survey with a follow up e-mail after two weeks. It was estimated that 1/3rd of e-mail addresses may be no longer active and that only 50 % of the remaining e-mail addresses were for practicing community pharmacists. Participants were asked to enter how many consultations (one to one discussions in the consultation room) they had held with patients in their last standard working week. STATA® 12 SE was ERK inhibitor clinical trial used to conduct a backward stepwise elimination linear regression model for the number of consultations as the dependent variable. A total of 700 responses (42% of predicted potential LGK 974 respondents) with 595 responses eligible for inclusion.
Descriptive results have been reported previously2. The median (quartiles) for the number consultations performed in a standard week was 5 (3, 10), these include Medicine Use Reviews, New Medicine Service and additional enhanced services such as emergency contraception. The statistically significant predictors of number of consultations in the final model were: working in a multiple pharmacy, having received consultation skills training during preregistration, male gender,
requesting further consultation skills training, and greater confidence in consultation skills. Confidence in consultations skills had the highest positive relationship with number of consultations. Participants had to rate their how confident they were in their consultation skills on a scale where 1 was not confident and 5 was fully confident. A value of 3 on the confidence scale was modelled Methane monooxygenase as having an increase of 34% in the number of consultations compared to the reference group of confidence 1 or 2 (p = 0.025); a value of 4 an increase of 56% (p < 0.001) and a confidence rating of 5 an 81% increase on the reference group (p < 0.001). The model explained 27.2% of the variance in the number of consultations. This exploratory analysis suggests that the more confident a participant is in their consultation skills, the more consultations they conduct. Previous research suggests that training is important in increasing confidence3. While there are many changes in pharmacy education to include consultation skills training during undergraduate and pre-registration year, there are still a large number of registered pharmacists for whom further training in consultation skills could help increase the delivery of more patient facing services.