Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease case finding by community pharmacists:A potential cost-effective public health intervention

Wright, David, Twigg, Michael and Thornley, Tracey (2015) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease case finding by community pharmacists:A potential cost-effective public health intervention. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 23 (1). pp. 83-85. ISSN 0961-7671

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Abstract

Objectives To pilot a community pharmacy COPD case finding service in England, estimating costs and effects. Method Patients potentially at risk of COPD were screened with validated tools. Smoking cessation was offered to all smokers identified as potentially having undiagnosed COPD. Cost and effects of the service were estimated. Key findings 21 community pharmacies screened 238 patients over 9 months. 135 patients were identified with potentially undiagnosed COPD; 88 were smokers. Smoking cessation initiation provided a project gain of 38.62 life years, 19.92 QALYs and a cost saving of £392.67. Conclusion COPD case finding by community pharmacists potentially provides cost-savings and improves quality of life.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Pharmaceutical Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: community pharmacy,copd,cost-effectiveness,health promotion,pharmaceutical public health
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 20:50
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 23:36
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53518
DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12161

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