Mapping the terrain: A conceptual schema for a mental health medication support service in community pharmacy


OBJECTIVE Mental health-related problems pose a serious issue for primary care, and community pharmacy could make a significant contribution, but there is a dearth of information. METHODS This article reports synthesis of the literature on mental health interventions across a range of pharmacy models, and pharmacy services in contexts beyond mental health. To best inform the design of a community pharmacy medication support intervention for mental health consumers, the literature was reported as a conceptual schema and subsequent recommendations for development, implementation and evaluation of the service. A broad conceptualisation was taken in this review. In addition to mental health and community pharmacy literature, policy/initiatives, organisational culture and change management principles, and evaluative processes were reviewed. Key words were selected and literature reviews undertaken using EMBASE, PubMed, CINAHL and Web of Science. RESULTS Recommendations were made around: medication support intervention design, consumer recruitment, implementation in community pharmacy and evaluation. Surprisingly, there is a scarce literature relating to mental health interventions in community pharmacy. Even so, findings from other pharmacy models and broader medicines management for chronic illness can inform development of a medication support service for mental health consumers. Key learnings include the need to expand medicines management beyond adherence with respect to both intervention design and evaluation. CONCLUSION The conceptual framework is grounded in the need for programmes to be embedded within pharmacies that are part of the health system as a whole.

DOI: 10.1177/2050312115603002

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@inproceedings{Scahill2015MappingTT, title={Mapping the terrain: A conceptual schema for a mental health medication support service in community pharmacy}, author={Shane Lindsay Scahill and Jane L. Fowler and Hendrika Laetitia Hattingh and Fiona S. Kelly and Amanda J. Wheeler}, booktitle={SAGE open medicine}, year={2015} }