An asthma-management service provided by pharmacists in Australia improved patients’ self-management and brought a greater awareness of their condition, according to results of a study published online in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Researchers questioned patients after 1 month, 6 months and 12 months of the service and found the benefits increased the longer the patients participated in the scheme. Patients supported a community pharmacy-based service and expressed a “strong desire” for it long term.
The study involved 96 community pharmacists from four Australian states who each selected 10 patients at risk of poor disease management. The results, say researchers, show that a pharmacy-run service is feasible, beneficial and acceptable to patients.
 Naik-Panvelkar P. et al. International journal of Pharmacy Practice 2014; 10.1111/ijpp.12134.