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Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Apr;100(4):728-735. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.11.002. Epub 2016 Nov 7.

The effectiveness of clinical pharmacist's intervention in improving asthma care in children and adolescents: Randomized controlled study in Jordan.

Author information

1
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan. Electronic address: baalmomani1@just.edu.jo.
2
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.
3
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan; Department of Pediatrics, King Abdullah University Hospital, Irbid, Jordan.
4
Department of Pediatrics, Princess Rahma Teaching Hospital, Irbid, Jordan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness of clinical pharmacist's intervention on achieving better asthma control, quality of life and other clinical parameters.

METHODS:

A prospective randomized controlled study in north Jordan was conducted. Pediatric patients with asthma (aged 7-18 years old) were included and randomly allocated into two groups, intervention and control. Both groups were interviewed at the first visit and followed up twice by phone (at 3 and 6 months). Education was provided to patients and their caregivers in the intervention group only.

RESULTS:

Of 206 eligible patients recruited and randomized to our study, 178 patients completed the study (48.3% intervention versus 51.7% control). There were no significant differences in all baseline data between both groups. We identified significant differences in the improvement of asthma control (p<0.001) and consequently pediatric and caregiver quality of life (p<0.001) between both groups at the end of study. Significant differences were also detected in other clinical parameters (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Implementation of clinical pharmacy service can positively influence asthma control, pediatric and caregiver's quality of life, and other clinical parameters.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

To maintain a good asthma status, education of pediatric patients and their caregivers should be part of routine assessment during clinic visit.

KEYWORDS:

Asthma; Asthma control; Clinical pharmacist intervention; Patient education; Pediatric patients; Quality of life

PMID:
27839892
DOI:
10.1016/j.pec.2016.11.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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