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Table 2 Reasons for role responsibility of the pharmacist or doctor as most appropriate provider of CMI

From: Enhancing provision of written medicine information in Australia: pharmacist, general practitioner and consumer perceptions of the barriers and facilitators

Why do you think this person (the pharmacist or GP as chosen) is the best person to provide CMI?
Reason Given by respondents Consumer Respondents Pharmacist Respondents GP Respondents
Pharmacist n = 167 (%) GP n = 129 (%) Pharmacist n = 188 (%) GP n = 5 (%) Pharmacist n = 23 (%) GP n = 20 (%)
The doctor/pharmacist is an expert on medicines 110 (65.9) 77 (59.7) 158 (84.0) 1 (20.0) 13 (56.5) 5 (25.0)
The doctor/pharmacist is aware of patient medical history and/or medicines 16 (9.6) 36 (27.9) 136 (72.3) 4 (80.0) 4 (17.4) 18 (90.0)
The doctor/pharmacist has more time to speak with the patient 19 (11.4) 1 (0.8) 84 (44.7) 1 (20.0) 9 (39.1) 1 (5.0)
The patient is able to access the doctor/pharmacist at any time 12 (7.2) 3 (2.3) 140 (74.5) 0 (0) 8 (34.8) 0 (0)
The doctor/pharmacist is prescribing/dispensing the medicine 11 (6.6) 9 (7.0) 104 (55.3) 4 (80.0) 12 (52.2) 14 (70.0)
The doctor/pharmacist sees the patient on a regular basis 8 (4.8) 9 (7.0) 133 (70.7) 0 (0) 1 (4.3) 10 (50.0)
The patient has a good relationship with the doctor/pharmacist 6 (3.6) 11 (8.5) 129 (68.6) 0 (0) 4 (17.4) 13 (65.0)
The patient is comfortable discussing their medicine with them 2 (1.2) 6 (4.7) 101 (53.7) 1 (20.0) 0 (0) 9 (45.0)
Other 14 (8.4) 2 (1.6) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (5.0)
  1. Note: Responses are not mutually exclusive.