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a blood pressure monitor imageDecember 11 2017

More needs to be done to promote community pharmacies as a suitable place to conduct NHS Health Checks, a new study has recommended. Such a campaign would need to address the public’s doubts about community pharmacies being an appropriate setting and also promote awareness of the level of training involved.

The suggestion is made in a new research paper looking at the reasons why people do not attend NHS Health Checks, based on analysis of data from nine studies. Among the reasons for not attending an NHS Health Check highlighted in the research were:

  • people have a lack of knowledge or awareness of the NHS Health Check;
  • they misunderstand its purpose;
  • there is an aversion to preventive health measures;
  • time constraints;
  • difficulties in getting to the GP surgery; and
  • “doubts regarding pharmacies as appropriate settings.”

One of the nine studies had noted that “91% of those taking part in a face-to-face survey on the street reported being unaware of an NHS Health Check pharmacy service.”

The British Journal of General Practice research paper says: “Among those invited to attend NHS Health Checks in pharmacies, the reasons for not attending related less to access but more to concerns regarding privacy, confidentiality, and pharmacists’ competence, with males demonstrating less willingness to be screened at a pharmacy than females.”

The researchers recommend that more should be done to promote pharmacies as a suitable place to conduct an NHS Health Check, and to raise awareness of the level of training that pharmacists receive on this.

“In addition to reducing concern that by attending an NHS Health Check individuals are placing an unnecessary burden on general practice resources when they feel they are in good health, this might also encourage uptake of other services provided by pharmacies,” they conclude.

Link:
E Harte et al. ‘Reasons why people do not attend NHS Health Checks: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis’. Br J Gen Pract. December 4  2017; bjgp17X693929.               

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