Interventions between Canadian pharmacists and patients who returned for follow-up improved diabetes outcomes significantly, according to a recently released study.
Shoppers Drug Mart and Great-West Life insurance sponsored the study, The Sustainable Solutions Report: Pharmacist Interventions in Diabetes.
More than 450 patients met with a pharmacist and received an A1C test, lifestyle counseling, medication recommendations, and, when appropriate, physician referrals. Only 37% (169 patients) were at their target A1C goal.
Three months later, approximately 18% (82 patients) returned for the follow-up appointment. In this cohort, 9% (7/82) were at the target AIC goal initially. At the follow-up appointment with the pharmacist, 26% (21/82) had achieved the optimal A1C target.
“The number of patients that reached A1C target tripled after only a 30-minute consultation with a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist,” the report stated. “Almost half of those who participated in the follow-up consultation (45%) had a clinically significant reduction (i.e., a reduction of 0.5% or more) in their A1C levels, and of those the average reduction achieved was 1.5%.”