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Pharmacotherapy. 2001 Oct;21(10):1196-203.

Assessment of a community pharmacy-based program for patients with asthma.

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Department of Pharmacy, University of Malta, Msida.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To implement and assess a community-based pharmaceutical care program for patients with asthma.

DESIGN:

Prospective, randomized, controlled trial.

SETTING:

Community pharmacies (11 control, 11 intervention) in Malta.

PATIENTS:

Community-dwelling patients with asthma.

INTERVENTIONS:

A comprehensive asthma education and monitoring program was implemented. Intervention patients received verbal counseling, an educational video, an information leaflet, and subsequent monitoring with reinforcement; control patients received routine dispensing services.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:

Parameters assessed at baseline and at 4, 8, and 12 months were health-related quality of life, peak expiratory flow (PEF), inhaler technique, compliance with therapy, hospitalization rates, days lost from work, asthma symptoms, and patient satisfaction. Health-related quality of life of the intervention patients improved at 12 months (p=0.044). In the same time period, PEF significantly decreased in control patients compared with intervention patients (p=0.009) whereas inhaler technique improved in the intervention group (p=0.021). There were significantly fewer self-reported hospitalizations in intervention patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

A community-based pharmaceutical care program was appreciated by the participants and had a positive impact on the vitality of patients with asthma, inhaler technique, and PEE.

PMID:
11601666
DOI:
10.1592/phco.21.15.1196.33894
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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