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Language issues in the community pharmacy: a perspective from Wales

Hughes, Mary Louise, John, David Neale, Jones, Arwyn Tomos, Jones, Elen and Wilkins, Megan Lowri 2009. Language issues in the community pharmacy: a perspective from Wales. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 17 (3) , pp. 157-163. 10.1211/ijpp.17.03.0006

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Abstract

Objectives This study aimed to obtain the views of Welsh speakers to explore the role of the Welsh language in community pharmacies in bilingual communities in Wales. Methods Two communities with a high proportion of Welsh speakers were purposively identified for the research: one in North Wales and one in West Wales. Stage 1: semi-structured interviews with a purposive sample of Welsh speakers to identify key themes. Data collection continued until no new themes emerged. Interviews were tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim, coded manually and analysed thematically. Stage 2: self-complete questionnaire developed based on the interview results. The anonymous, bilingual questionnaire and covering letter, with a postage-paid envelope, were delivered to 500 homes (250 in each community) for completion by the person in the household who visited a pharmacy most often. There was no follow-up mailing due to anonymity. Data were analysed using SPSS version 12. Key findings Results from both interviews (n = 36) and questionnaires (response rate was 52%, 82% of whom were Welsh speakers) found that the majority of Welsh speakers in the study were able to understand English but preferred to use Welsh in the pharmacy. They would find it easier to explain symptoms and would ask more about their medication if they could speak Welsh with the pharmacist. In addition, the study participants would generally feel more at ease with a Welsh-speaking pharmacist and would feel they were getting a better service if they could use their first language. Conclusions This study of Welsh speakers indicates that language choice is important for bilingual people who may prefer to use their native, minority language for consultation with health professionals. Further, it is clear that a concordant partnership between patient and pharmacist is less likely where one party is using a language with which they are not confident or comfortable. Pharmacists need to be aware of the linguistic needs and preferences of bilingual clients.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Uncontrolled Keywords: bilingual; communication; community pharmacy; minority language; Wales; Welsh
Publisher: Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
ISSN: 2042-7174
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2019 10:38
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/36696

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