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Pharmacist-led review improves key care processes uptake

By Editor
18th February 2018
NICE, Pharmacy Type 2 diabetes

The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes who received all the annual nine key care processes increased from 46 per cent to 58 per cent in one year following a pharmacist-led review.

Pharmacists reviewed 5,910 people with the condition from 13 GP surgeries in the NHS Slough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area.

They worked with general practice teams to schedule any of the key care processes recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that were lacking, to optimise medication and to make other interventions such as providing lifestyle advice.

Analysis conducted after the clinical programme was completed showed that the proportion of patients receiving all of the key care processes increased from 46 per cent at project outset in April 2013 to 58 per cent on completion in April 2014.

The uncontrolled prospective cohort study with before and after intervention data collection was published by the journal BMJ Open.

It was designed to describe and assess the impact of a pharmacist-led patient review programme on the management and control of type 2 diabetes.

The researchers concluded: “The pharmacist-led review increased the number of key care processes administered and improved diabetic control during the year of programme delivery. The improvement abated during the year after, suggesting that such programmes should be ongoing rather than fixed term.

“The programme combined the strategic drive and project facilitation skills of Slough CCG, the general practice teams’ knowledge of their patients and the clinical and information technology skills of an experienced pharmacist team.”

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