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Table 2 Pharmacy employees’ professional practice behaviors related to dietary supplements

From: Pharmacy employees’ involvement in safeguarding persons with dementia who use dietary supplements: Results from a survey of Norwegian pharmacies

  Pharmacists Pharmacy technicians Total p-value
n = 57 n = 48 n = 105  
n % n % n %  
Give information on adverse events and possible interactionsa, b     0.022
 Yes 30 53 21 44 51 48  
 Sometimes 26 46 18 38 44 42  
 No 1 2 8 17 9 9  
Ask customers about PD use when selling DSa, b     0.021
 Always 15 26 11 23 26 25  
 Sometimesc 41 72 28 58 69 66  
  Depending on the customers’ health 9 16 0 0 9 9  
  Depending on the type of DS 32 56 28 58 60 57  
 Never 1 2 8 17 9 8  
Ask customers about DS use when dispensing PDa, d     0.002
 Always 0 0 2 4 2 2  
 Sometimes 32 56 12 25 44 42  
 Never 24 42 33 69 57 54  
Routinely check for interactions between DS and PDe, f     0.409
 Always 7 12 10 21 17 16  
 Sometimesf 40 70 28 58 68 65  
  In certain patients groups 12 21 3 6 15 14  
  For certain DS 34 60 18 38 52 50  
  For certain PD 16 28 17 35 33 31  
 Never 10 18 7 15 17 16  
  1. DS dietary supplements, PD prescription drugs
  2. Pharmacists include employees with bachelor’s or master’s degree in pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians include employees with other educational backgrounds, mainly pharmacy technicians (upper secondary school)
  3. aStatistics are from Fisher’s exact test. The answers always, sometimes and never are included
  4. bData for one employee are missing
  5. cRespondents who confirmed that they asked customers about PD when selling DS depending on the customers’ health or depending on the type of DS were merged into the category “Sometimes”
  6. d Data for two employees are missing
  7. e Data for three employees are missing
  8. fStatistics are from the chi-square test
  9. gIt was possible to give more than one answer to this question. Respondents who confirmed that they checked for interactions in one or more of the following cases: certain patient groups, for certain DS or for certain PD, were merged into the category “Sometimes”
  10. Significant comparisons are printed in bold