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Table 4 Pharmacist Attitudes/agreement with the following statements

From: Pharmacist attitudes and provision of harm reduction services in North Carolina: an exploratory study

Statement Mean ± SD p-value (t-test)
Urban Rural
Persons who inject drugs (PWIDs) should always be allowed to buy non-prescription syringesa,e 3.50 ± 1.41 3.08 ± 1.49 0.04*
Providing non-prescription syringes is a safe method of preventing blood-borne infections among PWIDsa,e 4.20 ± 1.06 3.72 ± 1.30 0.01*
PWID customers are a disruption to my pharmacya,e 2.98 ± 1.24 3.30 ± 1.31 0.08
If I could, I would refuse to treat PWID customersb,e 2.09 ± 1.07 2.58 ± 1.41 0.01*
PWID customers make other customers feel uncomfortableb,e 3.38 ± 1.15 3.68 ± 1.05 0.06
PWID customers make my pharmacy less safeb,e 3.14 ± 1.22 3.47 ± 1.20 0.06
Pharmacists/pharmacies are an important resource for PWIDs who may not be able to access health care in the communityb,e 3.95 ± 1.04 3.67 ± 1.17 0.07
Pharmacists should provide HIV prevention information/resources to PWIDs who purchase non-prescription syringesb,e 3.57 ± 1.01 3.43 ± 1.28 0.45
Pharmacists should provide HIV prevention information/resources to anyone who purchases non-prescription syringesc,e 3.17 ± 1.17 2.97 ± 1.09 0.23
It is not the role of the pharmacists/pharmacy staff to provide PWID customers with HIV prevention servicesc,e 2.63 ± 1.03 2.93 ± 1.13 0.049*
I am willing to provide information/resources to PWID customers who purchase non-prescription syringesd,e 3.85 ± 0.93 3.65 ± 1.04 0.15
I have time to provide information/resources to PWID customers who purchase non-prescription syringesd,e 2.58 ± 1.23 2.33 ± 1.27 0.18
I am concerned about mistaking people purchasing non-prescriptions syringes as drug usersd,e 3.32 ± 1.19 3.18 ± 1.37 0.49
I would support a syringe disposal receptacle on the premises of my pharmacyd,e 3.09 ± 1.32 3.02 ± 1.48 0.69
  1. Mean and standard deviation calculated on likert scale where 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree, with midpoint 3 = no opinion
  2. *Significant at α = 0.05
  3. aLevel of agreement with this statement was missing from 7.8% (n = 18) of urban pharmacists
  4. bLevel of agreement with this statement was missing from 8.2%% (n = 19) of urban pharmacists
  5. cLevel of agreement with this statement was missing from 8.6% (n = 20) of urban pharmacists
  6. dLevel of agreement with this statement was missing from 9.1% (n = 21) of urban pharmacists
  7. eLevel of agreement with this statement was missing from 11.8% (n = 8) of rural pharmacists