It is widely recognised that many patients do not take prescribed medicines as advised.
Research in this field has commonly focused on the role of the patient in non-adherence;
however, healthcare professionals can also have a major influence on patient behaviour
in taking medicines. This study examines the perceptions, beliefs and behaviours of
healthcare professionals—doctors, pharmacists and nurses—about patient
Methods and analysis
This paper describes the study protocol and online questionnaire used in a
cross-sectional survey of healthcare professionals in Europe. The participating
countries include Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland,
Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy and England. The study population comprises
primary care and community-based doctors, pharmacists and nurses involved in the care of
adult patients taking prescribed medicines for chronic and acute illnesses.
Knowledge of the nature, extent and variability of the practices of healthcare
professionals to support medication adherence could inform future service design,
healthcare professional education, policy and research.
A protocol for a cross-sectional survey of healthcare professionals in Europe to
examine the perceptions, beliefs and behaviours of healthcare
professionals—doctors, pharmacists and nurses—about patient medication
The questionnaire used in the survey of healthcare professionals is described in
There is an acute need for evidence regarding healthcare professionals'
beliefs, perceptions and behaviour with regard to patient non-adherence to
This protocol describes a study to address this need.
The results of this study could guide healthcare professionals as they support
patients with taking medicine in their day-to-day clinical practice.
Strengths and limitations of this study
The survey is the largest cross-national survey of healthcare professionals'
approach to medication adherence.
Reliance on self-report data may raise concerns regarding the validity of the