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Goal attainment scaling to facilitate person-centred, medicines-related consultations
  1. Katrina Clarkson1,
  2. Nina Barnett2,3
  1. 1 Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, UK
  2. 2 Pharmacy, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, Harrow, UK
  3. 3 Medicines Use and Safety, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service, England, Harrow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Nina Barnett, Pharmacy, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, Harrow HA1 3UJ, UK; nina.barnett{at}


Goal attainment scaling (GAS) is a method of setting and evaluating goal achievement across different patient groups. In the rehabilitation setting, this measure helps patients to identify personalised goals and evaluate their achievement over time. This report will focus on how GAS, currently embedded in clinical practice in the rehabilitation setting, may be used in pharmacy practice. The use of a coaching approach to consultations, which includes goal setting, provides an opportunity to integrate the GAS methodology into medicines-related consultations. Using examples from pharmacy practice, the report will outline methods of measuring goal attainment as part of person-centred pharmacy conversations to support medicines optimisation.​

  • rehabilitation
  • goal setting
  • goal attainment scaling (GAS)
  • health coaching
  • behaviour change
  • medicines
  • person centred care
  • consultations

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