Marshall pharmacists publish article about health communications during COVID-19


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  – Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy recently published a journal article by three Marshall Health clinical pharmacists. Ronald Carico Jr., Jordan Sheppard and C. Borden Thomas authored “Community pharmacists and communication in the time of COVID-19: Applying the health belief model.”

“Health care providers should reinforce behaviors that limit the spread of the pandemic,” Carico said. “Community pharmacists are some of the most accessible health care workers, and we want to make sure they are equipped with knowledge and tools to effectively communicate with patients about selecting healthy behaviors.”

In their article, the authors suggest questions assessing patient perceptions and barriers.  Answers to questions such as “How serious do you think it would be if you got the coronavirus?” can guide pharmacists as they proceed with suggesting action steps including social and staying home. 

The article can be accessed at


Graphic: A one page summary of the communication guidance the journal article promotes.

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