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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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Brewster, Sarah
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Holt, Richard
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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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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
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: 28 Apr 2022 01:48

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

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