Appendix 4: Samples Tables and Analyses for Pharmacy Staff Survey

Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients' Needs? Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User's Guide

Here are sample tables and analyses for comparison of the data for items 1, 2a, and 2b in the Pharmacy Staff Survey. These examples are based on a hypothetical sample of 50 pharmacy staff members.

Table 6: Sample Table of Variable Frequencies and Percentages for Section A: Print Materials, Items 1-2b

Variablen%
Print Materials Used to Advertise Services in Different Parts of the Hospital or Clinic
This is something our pharmacy is not doing.1020%
Our pharmacy is doing this but could make some improvements.510%
Our pharmacy is doing this well.3060%
N/A36%
Missing*24%
Prescription Bottle Labels are Written in Simple and Clear Language
This is something our pharmacy is not doing.816%
Our pharmacy is doing this but could make some improvements.1020%
Our pharmacy is doing this well.2346%
N/A36%
Missing*612%
Prescription Warning Labels are Written in Simple and Clear Language
This is something our pharmacy is not doing.3876%
Our pharmacy is doing this but could make some improvements.36%
Our pharmacy is doing this well.816%
N/A12%


 

*Missing values are reported.

The presentation of findings may be further simplified by reporting only percentages for each item, as shown in Table 7.

Table 7: Sample Table of Variable Percentages for Section A: Print Materials, Items 1-2b

VariableThis is something our pharmacy is not doing (%)Our pharmacy is doing this but could make some improvements (%)Our pharmacy is doing this well (%)N/A (%)Missing (%)
Print Materials Used to Advertise Services in Different Parts of the Hospital or Clinic20106064
Prescription Bottle Labels are Written in Simple and Clear Language162046612
Prescription Warning Labels are Written in Simple and Clear Language766162 

Once the information is in table form, it is easy to see if the pharmacy staff feels that certain areas are particularly strong or weak. For example, a weakness that stands out in this sample table is that the pharmacy staff does not feel that prescription warning labels are written in simple and clear language. Seventy-six percent of staff members feel that this is something that their pharmacy is not doing. However, more than half of the pharmacy staff surveyed (60 percent) felt that the use of print materials to advertise services in different parts of the hospital or clinic is something that their pharmacy is doing well.

Description of the Sample

A written report of the information collected in the pharmacy staff survey should begin with a description of the sample. This information may be organized in a table showing significant variables such as race, gender, job title, and education level.

Table 8 shows a sample portion of such a table.

Table 8: Sample Table of Respondent Characteristics

Characteristic%
Job Title
Pharmacist, PharmD30
Pharmacist, RP40
Pharmacy Technician22
Other8
Highest Education Level Completed
GED or high school graduate4
Some college or technical school2
College graduate46
Some graduate or professional school18
Graduate or professional degree30
Race
Black or African American45
Asian or Asian American5
Caucasian or White48
Other2
Gender
Male56
Female44
Page last reviewed October 2007
Internet Citation: Appendix 4: Samples Tables and Analyses for Pharmacy Staff Survey: Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients' Needs? Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User's Guide. October 2007. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pharmhealthlit/pharmlit/pharmlitap4.html