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The role of community pharmacists and their position in the delivery of diabetes care: An update for medical professionals

The role of community pharmacists and their position in the delivery of diabetes care: An update for medical professionals
The role of community pharmacists and their position in the delivery of diabetes care: An update for medical professionals
Pharmacists are the third largest group of healthcare professionals worldwide, but are underused in the delivery of diabetes care. The aim of this narrative was to describe how integration of community pharmacy services into existing healthcare models may improve diabetes care. Relevant literature exploring pharmacy-led interventions for diabetes were identified from a search of Medline, Embase and Cinahl online databases. This review highlights that community pharmacists are accessible, experts in medicine management, trusted by the public and able to achieve financial savings. They are poorly integrated into existing healthcare models, and commissioning arrangements can be poorly perceived by the public and those working in primary care. Community pharmacy interventions in type 2 diabetes have similar, if not greater effects compared to those delivered by other healthcare professionals. It was concluded that community pharmacy interventions in diabetes are feasible, acceptable and deliver improved health outcomes. Future work should build public recognition of pharmacists and improve communication between them and other healthcare professionals.
general diabetes, health services administration & management
0032-5473
473-479
Brewster, Sarah
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Holt, Richard
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Portlock, Jane
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Price, Hermione C.
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Portlock, Jane
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Brewster, Sarah, Holt, Richard, Portlock, Jane and Price, Hermione C. (2020) The role of community pharmacists and their position in the delivery of diabetes care: An update for medical professionals. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 96 (1138), 473-479. (doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2020-137511).

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Abstract

Pharmacists are the third largest group of healthcare professionals worldwide, but are underused in the delivery of diabetes care. The aim of this narrative was to describe how integration of community pharmacy services into existing healthcare models may improve diabetes care. Relevant literature exploring pharmacy-led interventions for diabetes were identified from a search of Medline, Embase and Cinahl online databases. This review highlights that community pharmacists are accessible, experts in medicine management, trusted by the public and able to achieve financial savings. They are poorly integrated into existing healthcare models, and commissioning arrangements can be poorly perceived by the public and those working in primary care. Community pharmacy interventions in type 2 diabetes have similar, if not greater effects compared to those delivered by other healthcare professionals. It was concluded that community pharmacy interventions in diabetes are feasible, acceptable and deliver improved health outcomes. Future work should build public recognition of pharmacists and improve communication between them and other healthcare professionals.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 March 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 26 March 2020
Published date: 1 August 2020
Additional Information: Funding Information: Contributors All authors (SB, RH, JP and HP) conceived the paper. SB wrote the search strategy which she discussed with a research engagement librarian. SB undertook the literature search and reviewed the titles and abstracts of the identified articles. SB wrote the first draft of the narrative literature review which was then discussed with all authors (RH, JP and HP). All authors (RH, JP and HP) provided critical feedback and helped shape the final manuscript which was approved by all authors (SB, RH, JP and HP) before submission. Funding This study was funded by NHS England South (Wessex). Competing interests None declared. Patient consent for publication Not required. Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed. Publisher Copyright: © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.
Keywords: general diabetes, health services administration & management

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Local EPrints ID: 439656
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439656
ISSN: 0032-5473
PURE UUID: f210e31d-50c2-49c7-bd23-9c6bc02b1cf3
ORCID for Richard Holt: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8911-6744

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Date deposited: 29 Apr 2020 16:30
Last modified: 27 Sep 2022 01:37

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Author: Sarah Brewster
Author: Richard Holt ORCID iD
Author: Jane Portlock
Author: Hermione C. Price

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