Pharmacists Important in Chronic Disease Management, Study Finds

Published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, the study found a significant improvement in the blood pressure of T2DM patients who were counseled by a pharmacist.

Results from a long-term study conducted at the University of Alberta found that an intergrated team of physicians and pharmacists can better help manage blood pressure in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

This study, published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, was part of a bigger study evaluating blood pressure control in T2DM patients. While the bigger study found that including pharmacists on the care team improved the health status of T2DM patients, the authors wanted to pinpoint the exact influence of pharmacists in managing hypertension in these patients.

The study showed that 42% of patients who were included in the intervention group, and received counselling by pharmacists, were twice as likely to show improvements in their blood pressure compared with patients in the non-intervention group.

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