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The Role of Pharmacists in General Practice in Asthma Management: A Pilot Study

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Deeks, L, Kosari, S, Boom, K, Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882, Maina, A, Sharma, R and Naunton, M 2018 , 'The Role of Pharmacists in General Practice in Asthma Management: A Pilot Study' , Pharmacy, vol. 6, no. 4 , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.3390/pharmacy6040114.

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Abstract

Background: Asthma is principally managed in general practice. Appropriate prescribingand medication use are essential, so general practice pharmacists appear suitable to conduct asthmamanagement consultations. This pilot study aimed to evaluate the asthma management role of apharmacist in general practice. Methods: Analysis of an activity diary and stakeholder interviewswere conducted to identify interventions in asthma management; determine whether asthmacontrol changed following pharmacist input; and determine acceptability of asthma managementreview by a pharmacist in one general practice in Canberra, Australia. Results: Over 13 months,the pharmacist saw 136 individual patients. The most common activities were asthma controlassessment; recommendations to adjust medication or device; counselling on correct device use;asthma action plan development and trigger avoidance. For patients with multiple consultations,the mean Asthma Control Test score improved from the initial to last visit (14.4 ± 5.2 vs. 19.3 ± 4.7,n = 23, p

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Deeks, L and Kosari, S and Boom, K and Peterson, GM and Maina, A and Sharma, R and Naunton, M
Keywords: primary health care; asthma; general practice; pharmacists; patient education
Journal or Publication Title: Pharmacy
Publisher: M D P I AG
ISSN: 2226-4787
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/pharmacy6040114
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Copyright 2018 The AuthorsLicensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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