As medication review is designed to reach patient agreement about treatment,
consultation skills are essential to ensure effectiveness, as a patient centred approach with good communication has been shown to be more effective2. Whilst some countries regularly report student-led medication review services to patients as part of experiential undergraduate teaching of consultation skills, this is not the case in the UK and evidence Ku0059436 is required to demonstrate effectiveness. The study aim was to determine views about study design and acceptance by patients with T2DM who had received a student-led medication review. 3 months after reviews for logistical reasons, 53 people with T2DM who received a student-led medication review as part of a study, were invited by letter to attend
a focus group to gain views to enable evaluation of design of a pilot study and student performance HIF inhibitor within it One researcher facilitated meetings using a topic guide consisting of open questions about recruitment, patient benefit, student performance plus study design and implementation, however, this abstract focusses on implementation plans, patient benefit and student performance. No incentives were offered, although lunch was provided. Focus groups were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. NHS ethical approval was obtained. 14 volunteers each attended one of two 1 hour focus groups. Patients’ consensus showed undergraduate pharmacy student-led medication review is a good idea. The training should be repeated and patients were willing to participate again. Patients valued the extra time and information provided, Students displaying competence but were nervous, however, gaining confidence when meeting their second patient. Some patients found nervousness a problem. Specific commendation was made because students ‘did not flannel’ i.e admitted when they did not know. Some patients stated enjoying the session and learned useful information GNA12 previously unknown by them about their medicines or diabetes. One student
identified a previously undiagnosed significant drug:disease interaction. Negative comments included poor food content knowledge with ‘insensitive’ alcohol intake questioning in one case. Patients described supervision as essential for student-led medication review; however, some patients stated that supervisors inhibit students and should observe via video link. Student led medication review should be undertaken at patients’ GP Practices and not time limited in contrast to short GP appointments. Study limitations were patients being volunteers and therefore self-selecting, thus potentially more positive whilst 3 months after reviews data may have been lost. Student provision of patient services is novel and demonstrated good patient acceptance with patients reporting ‘enjoying’ the student’s discussion about health without time limits.