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Patients perspectives on drug shortages
  1. Stephanie Kohl
  1. Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Stephanie Kohl, Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels, Belgium; Stephanie.Kohl{at}

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A new article published in BMC Health Services Research provides insight into the views of patients on drug shortages. The researchers carried out a retrospective, cross sectional mixed method study in six different hospitals in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Serbia and Poland focusing on patients’ awareness and perspectives.

Feedback from the 607 patients that were surveyed over 27 months showed that although drug shortages led to serious medical consequences, patients did not perceive shortages as a problem. One possible interpretation is that good hospital management practices by healthcare professionals helped to mitigate the perceived impact of shortages. Patients that participated in the study were asked questions about their knowledge on drug shortages, the drug shortages experienced during their hospitalisation and information preferences on drug shortages. Overall, the study highlighted the importance of good communication especially between patients and healthcare professionals in whom our patients have the greatest trust.

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