An audit of prescribing for type 2 diabetes in primary care: optimising the role of the community pharmacist in the primary healthcare team

Twigg, Michael J., Desborough, James A., Bhattacharya, Debi and Wright, David J. (2013) An audit of prescribing for type 2 diabetes in primary care: optimising the role of the community pharmacist in the primary healthcare team. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 14 (03). pp. 315-319. ISSN 1463-4236

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Abstract

The Government has identified that the pharmacist should have greater involvement in the management of long-term conditions. The aim of this audit was to determine the adherence to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for type 2 diabetes patients and identify whether there is a potential role for pharmacists in their long-term management. All prescribing, in 194 patients, was within guidance for anti-hyperglycaemics. In all, 87.4% of patients prescribed an anti-hypertensive were prescribed an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or equivalent. A large number of patients remain uncontrolled with respect to blood glucose or blood pressure. There are four potential reasons for this: patients require additional therapy; current therapy has not been optimised; current therapy is not working; or the patient is not fully adherent. Therefore, there may be a role for the pharmacist either in therapy optimisation or improving patient adherence to current therapy in order to support more patients reaching national targets.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2014 12:16
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 14:21
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/47140
DOI: 10.1017/S1463423612000345

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