Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 17–20 | Cite as

Diary cards and the assessment of cough symptoms in community pharmacies

  • Dipak Nandha
  • Larry Goodyer
  • Charlotte Woodruffe‐Peacock


The aim of this study is to compare cough symptom assessment and medication efficacy as recorded in a diary card with that obtained through direct questioning by a pharmacist. Clients visiting six pharmacies, purchasing a cough medication and meeting the inclusion criteria were recruited. They were asked to fill out diary cards to obtain a daily retrospective assessment of symptoms and medication efficacy. After three days the subjects returned to the pharmacy and were asked to recall their symptoms through a structured questionnaire administered by the pharmacist.48 clients were recruited to the study and of these 44 (92%‐ completed the study. A good correlation was obtained between ratings of medication efficacy as recorded by diary cards and recall. Symptom assessment also showed a statistically significant correlation for days two and three only.For studies assessing symptoms over a 48 hour period, detailed post‐study assessments may not be required. The study provides further evidence for the viability of clinical trials conducted through community pharmacies.

Clinical trials Community pharmacy Cough medication Symptom assessment 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dipak Nandha
    • 1
  • Larry Goodyer
    • 2
  • Charlotte Woodruffe‐Peacock
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacy, Kings College LondonUniversity of London and Kanset PharmacyLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacy, Kings College LondonUniversity of LondonUK

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