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Follow-up on outcomes of drug therapy (Pharmaceutical Care)

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Main conclusions


  • There is strong evidence that Pharmaceutical Care can influence positively on clinical parameters (blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol). The effect on patients’ symptomatic status is good.

  • There is clear evidence of a positive influence on the health-related quality of life of asthma patients and patients with elevated cholesterol levels, hypertension and diabetes. Three out of five studies among the elderly show no difference between intervention and control groups.

  • There is a tendency towards a declining incidence of hospital admissions among the elderly and fewer contacts to the healthcare system.

  • There is evidence that Pharmaceutical Care programmes are cost effective. There is clear evidence that drug expenses increase or remain unchanged.

  • There is clear evidence of patient satisfaction with the Pharmaceutical Care programmes.

  • The evidence of the outcome on knowledge is inconsistent. Half of the studies show no effect on knowledge. There is evidence of a more positive attitude towards the role and the professional competence of the pharmacy. There is evidence of increased adherence, although not among the elderly.

  • There is evidence that Pharmaceutical Care programmes can contribute to solving drug-related problems and adverse events, and that the acceptance rate among GPs and patients is high.

  • There is evidence of a more rational drug use among patients with elevated cholesterol levels and among asthma patients. There is a tendency that programmes for the elderly do not affect drug use.


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