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A significant limitation of this study
was the relatively short period of
time in which the owners group were
formally involved in the study. It is
not possible to determine whether
the encouraging rate of recruitment
would be sustained over a longer
period. However, we have no reason
to believe that it would not, given that
the pharmacy team was increasingly
attuned to recruiting eligible patients
and was becoming more familiar
with the recruitment process. It
was also not clear if the number of
eligible patients would continue to
remain steady over a longer period
of time. We note that 10% of those
recruited would be strongly advised
to consult their doctor. It is possible,
given the chronic nature of lower
bowel symptoms, that the same
patients would present to their local
pharmacy within weeks and that the
pool of eligible patients for this study
would diminish at each pharmacy.
However, this could not be confirmed.
In anticipation of this possibility,
researchers would be advised to recruit
a large number of pharmacies to recruit
patients for relatively brief periods.
In order to demonstrate benefits
from innovations aimed at supporting
community pharmacists to provide
advice to symptomatic patients, it is
necessary to recruit a representative
sample of patients. Effective
recruitment is more likely when the
pharmacy owner has been directly
involved in the recruitment process.
Patients recruited in this study included
a significant number who were at risk
of chronic and life-limiting illness.
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