Treatment of patients with neuropathic pain and provision of drug information by clinical pharmacists

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Goker G., Bayraktar-Ekincioglu A., ÇELEBİ N.

BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES, vol.58, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1590/s2175-97902022e20390
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Neuropathic pain, Clinical pharmacist, Drug information, Patient satisfaction, Adjuvant analgesics, EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTIONS, GENERAL-POPULATION, MANAGEMENT, HEALTH, BURDEN, ORIGIN
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Patient???s satisfaction with healthcare services has an influence on pain management, which can be improved by patient education. Therefore, this study was aimed at identifying primary care health service opportunities in the treatment of neuropathic pain and assessing patients??? satisfaction with the provision of drug information by clinical pharmacists. This was a cross-sectional, prospective study conducted at a pain unit during March-May 2017. Patients aged 18 years; diagnosed with neuropathic pain; and who used amitriptyline, gabapentin, pregabalin, or duloxetine were included. They were verbally informed about drug treatment by a clinical pharmacist, and their satisfaction was evaluated after 1 month. In all, 90 patients were included. The median duration for which the patients experienced pain until hospital admission was 3.6 years; furthermore, this duration was longer among women (p < 0.05). However, the median time to seeking advice from doctors was 3 months. The patients (15.6%) were less likely to admit pain unit initially and 46.7% had visited different units before being admitted to a pain unit. More than 95% of the patients indicated that they had received information from a pharmacist at a clinic and were satisfied with the provision of information (median duration, 8.5 min). Thus, the involvement of pharmacists in multidisciplinary pain management may help improve health -related outcomes at hospitals and/or in community care settings.