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Priming primary care for improved Asthma management: GPs and pharmacists working side by side to improve asthma medication in Australia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction:  Australian pharmacy practice has developed evidence-based models e.g. Pharmacy Asthma Management Service (PAMS). While these models are highly effective, asthma management remains suboptimal and may be founded in barriers in communication and patient adherence. In order to maximize the impact of such interventions it is necessary to bridge these barriers and improve collaboration between the pharmacist and the general practitioner (GP).

Aim:  The aim of this study is to develop an asthma service model integrating pharmacists’ provision of asthma care within the General Practice clinic. 

Materials and Methods: The ‘Collaborative Asthma Management Program’ (CAMP) was developed by drawing on PAMS and conducting an extensive literature review to explore current models of pharmacy-based asthma management. The CAMP was reviewed and refined iteratively by pharmacy services experts. 

Results:  CAMP was done as a manual comprising of four core components including: 1) a self-administered set of questionnaires, 2) educational interventions, 3) clinical interventions (e.g. inhaler technique) and 4) patient review and mini-consultations.  Documentations are used as service templates for the professionals and practice to prepare and execute the intervention successfully. The unique material in this model is assuring an active communication between the professions through utilisation of mini-consultation checklists during the intervention. Patient outcomes are evaluated using the questionnaires.

Conclusions:  Anticipated in the service developed in CAMP, both professions work as a team and enhancing patient care outcome and cost-effectiveness. Further evaluation of this model is required.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 139 p.
Keyword [en]
Asthma, collaboration, GP, pharmacist, model, Australia, Ashma Control, Asthma Quality of Life
National Category
Social and Clinical Pharmacy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-273830OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-273830DiVA: diva2:895276
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University of Sydney
Subject / course
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy
Available from: 2016-01-20 Created: 2016-01-18 Last updated: 2016-01-20Bibliographically approved

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