OTC combination analgesics survey

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Pharmacists working at community pharmacies in NSW, Tasmania and Victoria are being sought to aid recruitment for a University of New England student research project

We are two fourth-year pharmacy students from the University of New England (UNE), investigating the use of over-the-counter (OTC) combination analgesics, with a particular interest in codeine before it is rescheduled in February 2018.

This project has approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee, UNE (Approval number HE17-269, valid to 01 January 2019). We have developed a questionnaire to be completed by customers requesting an OTC combination analgesic.

We would greatly appreciate your assistance with recruiting customers who are purchasing an OTC combination analgesic.

This would require you or your staff asking if customers wish to participate and then handing out either a questionnaire package or an online questionnaire flyer to up to 50 customers who request any combination analgesic, for their own use, during January 2018.

If you have a store iPad, this could be set up with the questionnaire link on the home-page, for customers to use. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and able to read and write in English.

The questionnaire is anonymous, and customers may participate if they wish. It includes questions about pain, analgesic use and basic demographic questions.

The questionnaire packs for the print questionnaire will contain a reply-paid envelope or you could place a box for completed questionnaires in the pharmacy if this suited you, so that customers can fill it out while they wait.


If you have any questions about this project, or if you think you can assist, please contact our supervisor, Professor Joy Spark (02 6773 1705), School of Pharmacy, UNE, email jspark@une.edu.au, or one of us via our email address – kdean5@myune.edu.au or khudso23@myune.edu.au.

Kind regards,

Kate Hudson and Kate Dean
Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours Students
University of New England

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