Category: Professional Posters
Purpose: People aged 65 years and older currently represent 7.3 percent of Lebanon’s population. Moreover, this percentage is expected to increase rapidly in the upcoming years. This age category is exposed to many diseases and painful situations where NSAIDS is highly needed and consumed. However, geriatric patients are more susceptible to the side effects of NSAIDs and therefore require special attention and counseling from the pharmacist. The current study aimed to assess the attitude and satisfaction of elderly patients towards the pharmacist’s counseling on OTC NSAIDs as well as the outcomes of this counseling.
Methods: A multicenter cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was carried. Inclusion criteria included elderly patients aged 60 years and above who are on OTC NSAIDs. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 23.
Results: Results mainly showed that most of the elderly who were aware of the NSAIDs side effect got their knowledge from their pharmacists more than other sources. However, a high percentage of elderlies were not satisfied by their pharmacists counseling as they ranked their satisfaction by less than 3 over 5. More specifically, they are not satisfied by their pharmacist’s short consultation time as well as the follow-up.
Conclusion: Although a good percentage of elderly patients claim that they were counseled by their pharmacists about NSAIDs side effects, still this age group appear not to be satisfied by their pharmacist practices. This dissatisfaction reflects a weak relation between pharmacist and patients. Therefore, there is a real need to improve their communication in order for the elderly to avoid many of the undesired effects of NSAIDS and to decrease the extent of misuse of these drugs.