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Table 3 Extent of counseling and dispensing of FRIDs and ODs among the pharmacists

From: Pharmacists’ knowledge and counselling on fall risk increasing drugs in a tertiary teaching hospital in Nigeria

VariablesResponse categoryFrequency (%)
Average number of patients attended to daily (n = 54)03 (5.6)
1–5018 (33.3)
51–10021 (38.9)
101–1506 (11.1)
151–2001 (1.9)
> 2005 (9.3)
Patients above 60 years counselled daily (n = 55)015 (27.3)
1–5038 (67.9)
51–1002 (3.6)
Frequency of dispensing FRIDs and ODs (n = 49)Daily32 (65.3)
Once in a while14 (28.6)
Not at all2 (4.1)
Frequently1 (2.0)
Counseling focus of pharmacists (n = 52)Appropriate medication use, adverse effects and medication storage42 (80.8)
Drug interactions8 (15.4)
Lifestyle modifications1 (1.9)
Discharge counseling1 (1.9)
Common drug-specific adverse effects encountered by the elderly (n = 28)Common adverse effects of medications9 (32.1)
Gastro-intestinal discomfort6 (21.4)
Sedation and dizziness5 (17.9)
Hypoglycemia and fall4 (14.3)
Benzodiazepine dependence2 (7.1)
Medication spacing1 (3.6)
Constipation1 (3.6)
Pharmacists counselling patients (n = 56)Yes48 (85.7)
No8 (14.3)
Average duration of counseling (n = 48) (minutes)1–534 (70.8)
6–1012 (25.0)
11–151 (2.1)
16–201 (2.1)
Time sufficiency during counseling (n = 52)Yes29 (55.8)
No23 (44.2)
Counseling limitations (n = 24)Communication barrier and Impatient patients12 (50.0)
Lack of time and workload7 (29.2)
Inconvenient work environment5 (20.8)