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Medication beliefs and self-reported adherence–results of a pharmacist's consultation: a pilot study
  1. Malin Johansson Östbring1,
  2. Tommy Eriksson2,
  3. Göran Petersson1,
  4. Lina Hellström1
  1. 1Department of Medicine and Optometry, eHealth Institute, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
  2. 2Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Malin Johansson Östbring, Department of Medicine and Optometry, eHealth Institute, Linnaeus University, Kalmar SE-391 82, Sweden; malin.ostbringcarlsson{at}lnu.sem


Objectives Clinical outcomes in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease depend on the patients’ adherence to prescribed medicines. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a patient-centred approach used to change different health behaviours. The objective of this pilot study was to explore the impact of a clinical pharmacist's consultation on beliefs about medicines and self-reported medication adherence among patients with coronary heart disease (CHD).

Methods CHD-patients participating in a prevention programme at the Kalmar County Hospital were randomised to control or intervention. The intervention consisted of a medication review focused on cardiovascular drugs, and a semistructured interview based on MI-approach, with a follow-up phone call 2 weeks later. The intervention was conducted by a clinical pharmacist at the cardiology unit 3 months postdischarge. Primary outcome measures were the results from the Beliefs about Medicines-Specific (BMQ-S) and the 8-Item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8) 2 weeks after intervention.

Results 21 enrolled patients (11 intervention) all completed to follow-up. MMAS-8 was very similar in the intervention and control groups. In BMQ-S the intervention group had a mean (SD) necessity score of 21 (4) and a concern score of 12 (6), corresponding results in the control group were 21 (3) and 10 (5). However, since there was a difference in BMQ-S at baseline, seven intervention patients shifted towards more positive beliefs compared with two control patients.

Conclusions No difference was found in adherence and beliefs at follow-up. However, after consultation, a larger proportion of patients changed towards more positive beliefs compared with control.

  • Beliefs about medicines
  • Medication review
  • Coronary disease
  • Medication adherence
  • Motivational interviewing

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