Guest blog about patient experiences on Pharmacy in Practice website

Pharmacy in PracticeJohnathan Laird, 2015 regional winner for Scotland of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist competition, has kindly posted my comments about learning from patients and respecting them as empowered decision-makers about their health as a guest blog on the Pharmacy in Practice website.

Thank you for linking to Action for M.E., and for being so supportive of M.E. awareness campaigns, Johnathan.

Emily Beardall Emily Beardall

THANK you to Alison and Ian for sharing their stories in the article: Non-adherence and the things that people don’t tell us about their medicines! even though it’s not their names.

There are some valuable lessons to be learnt from them. I was appalled to read that Alison’s GP asked her if she was “trying to collect illnesses”. Unfortunately, I’ve had similar experiences as a patient over the years with my M.E. and other health problems.

I hear the same from many of the people with chronic illnesses on social media. If someone has been spoken to like that when all they were doing was being an empowered patient then really, it’s no wonder people hide their medication problems and health concerns.

This can lead to complete avoidance of health services altogether. I fear the result of this could be that patients with genuine health problems may be putting up…

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