Potential of pharmacists to help reduce the burden of poorly managed cardiovascular risk

McNamara, Kevin P., Dunbar, James A., Philpot, Benjamin, Marriott, Jennifer L., Reddy, Prasuna and Janus, Edward D. 2012, Potential of pharmacists to help reduce the burden of poorly managed cardiovascular risk, Australian journal of rural health, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 67-73.

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Title Potential of pharmacists to help reduce the burden of poorly managed cardiovascular risk
Author(s) McNamara, Kevin P.
Dunbar, James A.
Philpot, Benjamin
Marriott, Jennifer L.
Reddy, Prasuna
Janus, Edward D.
Journal name Australian journal of rural health
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 67
End page 73
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2012-04
ISSN 1038-5282
1440-1584
Keyword(s) cardiovascular risk
primary care services
pharmacy practice
interprofessional collaboration
health promotion
Summary Introduction: Rural areas require better use of existing health professionals to ensure capacity to deliver improved cardiovascular outcomes. Community pharmacists (CPs) are accessible to most communities and can potentially undertake expanded roles in prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Objective: This study aims to establish frequency of contact with general practitioners (GPs) and CPs by patients at high risk of CVD or with inadequately controlled CVD risk factors.

Design, setting and participants: Population survey using randomly selected individuals from the Wimmera region electoral roll and incorporating a physical health check and self-administered health questionnaire. Overall, 1500 were invited to participate.

Results: The participation rate was 51% when ineligible individuals were excluded. Nine out of 10 participants visited one or both types of practitioner in the previous 12 months. Substantially more participants visited GPs compared with CPs (88.5% versus 66.8%). With the exception of excess alcohol intake, the median number of opportunities to intervene for every inadequately controlled CVD risk factor and among high risk patient groups at least doubled for the professions combined when compared with GP visits alone.

Conclusion: Opportunities exist to intervene more frequently with target groups by engaging CPs more effectively but would require a significant attitude shift towards CPs. Mechanisms for greater pharmacist integration into primary care teams should be investigated.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
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