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Patient uptake and outcomes following pharmacist-initiated referrals to general practitioners for asthma review

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Serhal, S and Krass, I and Emmerton, L and Bereznicki, B and Bereznicki, L and Bosnic-Anticevich, S and Saini, B and Billot, L and Armour, C, Patient uptake and outcomes following pharmacist-initiated referrals to general practitioners for asthma review, n p j Primary Care Respiratory Medicine pp. 1-8. ISSN 2055-1010 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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Official URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41533-022-00315-6

DOI: doi:10.1038/s41533-022-00315-6

Abstract

Uptake and outcomes of pharmacist-initiated general practitioner (GP) referrals for patients with poorly controlled asthma were investigated. Pharmacists referred at-risk patients for GP assessment. Patients were categorized as action takers (consulted their GP on pharmacistís advice) or action avoiders (did not action the referral). Patient clinical data were compared to explore predictors of uptake and association with health outcomes. In total, 58% of patients (n = 148) received a GP referral, of whom 78% (n = 115) were action takers, and 44% (n = 50) reported changes to their asthma therapy. Patient rurality and more frequent pre-trial GP visits were associated with action takers. Action takers were more likely to have an asthma action plan (P= 0.001) at month 12, and had significantly more GP visits during the trial period (P = 0.034). Patient uptake of pharmacist-initiated GP referrals was high and led to GP review and therapy changes in patients with poorly controlled asthma.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Asthma, Pharmacy practice, Intervention
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Respiratory diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Bereznicki, B (Dr Bonnie Bereznicki)
UTAS Author:Bereznicki, L (Professor Luke Bereznicki)
ID Code:155335
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2023-02-14
Last Modified:2023-02-17
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