Pharmacy World & Science

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 334–338 | Cite as

Views of parents and pharmacists following participation in a paediatric pharmacovigilance study

  • Mansour Tobaiqy
  • Derek Stewart
  • Peter J. Helms
  • Christine M. Bond
  • Amanda Jane Lee
  • James McLayEmail author
Short Research Report


Objective To explore the experiences and views of community pharmacists and parents participating in a prospective paediatric pharmacovigilance study. Method Twenty-five pharmacists and 32 parents were approached for telephone interview. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically to identify recurring issues and themes. Results Seventeen pharmacists and 22 parents were interviewed. Parents and pharmacists agreed that more information about the side effects of medicines in children was required. Both groups reported willingness to participate in future prospective pharmacovigilance studies, although pharmacists expressed concerns about the lack of financial incentives. Pharmacists reported that parents had concerns regarding the confidentiality of their child’s ADR data and the study data collection process. Conclusion This study highlighted positive and negative opinions of parents and pharmacists regarding their experiences in this research project. Maintaining confidentiality in relation to indication and medicines prescribed were important issues for parents whereas time constraints and lack of financial incentives were key issues influencing participation by community pharmacists.


Adverse drug reactions Community pharmacists Experiences Parents Pharmacovigilance Scotland Telephone interviews Views 



We would like to thank all the parents and community pharmacists who took part in this research and administration staff at Aberdeen University.


We acknowledge funding provided by the Scottish Chief Scientist’s Office (CSO).

Conflicts of interest

There were no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mansour Tobaiqy
    • 1
  • Derek Stewart
    • 2
  • Peter J. Helms
    • 1
  • Christine M. Bond
    • 3
  • Amanda Jane Lee
    • 3
  • James McLay
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Applied Health Sciences, The Aberdeen Medical SchoolThe University of AberdeenAberdeenScotland, UK
  2. 2.School of Pharmacy and Life SciencesRobert Gordon UniversityAberdeenScotland, UK
  3. 3.Centre of Academic Primary Care, The Aberdeen Medical SchoolThe University of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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