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What healthy living advice do pharmacists provide?

The research will identify what healthy lifestyle advice pharmacists already give

The University of Manchester has launched a survey to find out if pharmacists are giving healthy living advice to patients – and if not, why not?

The survey is part of a three-year programme of research into obesity prevention, a strand of which is to find out more about the role of health professionals in providing healthy lifestyle advice during their everyday practice.

“We want to send out a questionnaire to all healthcare professionals who might have the opportunity to provide lifestyle advice,” Christopher Keyworth, research associate at Manchester University's centre for health psychology told C+D last Thursday (February 23).

The aim of the survey is to gain an understanding as to whether pharmacy professionals are providing lifestyle advice, what sort of advice they are offering, and if any barriers are stopping it from happening, Dr Keyworth explained.

“We want to know what’s going on and what we can do to help – are there any obvious training needs?” he said. “We want to identify things [the University of Manchester] could do – perhaps adding to programmes that currently exist.”

The programme of research is funded by Tesco, but Dr Keyworth stressed the supermarket chain will remain “hands off” during the project.

“We want to use the findings to build something bigger and roll it out more widely, so research grants and programmes could [result] from this," he said.

What healthy living advice do you give your patients?

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

What is the evidence that the British public are living healthier lives because of this advice? How is five-a-day going? Oh yes, the British public are eating fewer portions of fruit and vegetables since the campaign began.


Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

75% of Brits don't eat 5 a day, so what do they tell us to do... eat 10 a day! You couldn't make it up.

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

I know. I can't believe the number of 'burger beasts' waddling the streets these days!! 

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Once had a discussion about that with a few colleagues, we started to think it was just a symptom of a much larger problem with the pressures of society.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I think the number one often used piece of advice for me is to drink more water. Also buy a comfy bed and a comfy pair of shoes because if you are not in one, chances are you are in the other!

Barry Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

The key advice I give relates to mental health and well-being. I tell all prospective pharmacy students to go back to the drawing board and choose a different career!

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

I wish I had met you/someone like you, in 1988, Barry !

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