Can literary reading and writing improve pharmacists’ medication counselling? A feasibility study of pharmacists’ efforts to achieve competence in narrative medicine

Authors

  • Trine Graabæk University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  • Anders Juhl Rasmussen University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  • Anne-Marie Mai University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2859-634X
  • Charlotte Rossing Danish College of Pharmacy Practice, Hillerød, Denmark
  • Ulla Hedegaard University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8958-2187

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.744760

Keywords:

Community pharmacy, Feasibility study, Hospital pharmacy, Narrative medicine, Postgraduate education

Abstract

Background: Narrative medicine is an innovative approach where empathetic skills are nurtured through close reading of literary texts and creative writing. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a course in narrative medicine for pharmacists. 

Methods: A 2-day course of narrative medicine was offered to community and hospital pharmacists. Feasibility was assessed using focus group interviews, participant observation, and a questionnaire. Pharmacists’ self-reported level of empathy was also assessed.    

Results: Eight pharmacists participated in the course. They found participation acceptable, even though some of the sessions required a personal investment far from their routines. The pharmacists were generally satisfied with the course and found it helpful in their daily patient communication. There was no significant change in the pharmacists’ level of empathy.   

Conclusion: A course in narrative medicine has the potential to improve pharmacist communication with patients but needs further testing, including patient-reported outcomes.

Author Biographies

Trine Graabæk, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacy, and Environmental Medicine, Department of Public Health

Anders Juhl Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Department for the Study of Culture

Anne-Marie Mai, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Department for the Study of Culture

Charlotte Rossing, Danish College of Pharmacy Practice, Hillerød, Denmark

Department of Research and Development, Pharmakon

Ulla Hedegaard, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacy, and Environmental Medicine, Department of Public Health

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2022-08-30

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Graabæk, T., Rasmussen, A. J., Mai, A.-M., Rossing, C., & Hedegaard, U. (2022). Can literary reading and writing improve pharmacists’ medication counselling? A feasibility study of pharmacists’ efforts to achieve competence in narrative medicine. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 744–760. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.744760

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