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The sustainability of a community pharmacy intervention to improve the quality use of asthma medication


Bereznicki, B and Peterson, G and Jackson, S and Walters, EH and Gee, P, The sustainability of a community pharmacy intervention to improve the quality use of asthma medication, Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 36, (2) pp. 144-151. ISSN 0269-4727 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2710.2010.01165.x


What is known and Objective: A previously published asthma intervention used a software application to data mine pharmacy dispensing records and generate a list of patients with potentially suboptimal management of their asthma; in particular, a high rate of provision of reliever medication. These patients were sent educational material from their community pharmacists and advised to seek a review of their asthma management from their general practitioner. The intervention resulted in a 3-fold improvement in the ratio of dispensed preventer medication (inhaled corticosteroids) to reliever medication (short-acting beta-2 agonists). This follow-up study aimed to determine the longterm effects of the intervention programme on the preventer-to-reliever (P:R) ratio. Methods: The same data mining software was modified so that it could re-identify patients who were originally targeted for the intervention. Community pharmacists who participated in the previous intervention installed the modified version of the software. The dispensing data were then de-identified, encrypted and transferred via the Internet to a secure server. The follow-up dispensing data for all patients were compared with their pre- and post-intervention data collected originally.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:asthma, community pharmacy, data
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bereznicki, B (Dr Bonnie Bereznicki)
UTAS Author:Peterson, G (Professor Gregory Peterson)
UTAS Author:Jackson, S (Dr Shane Jackson)
UTAS Author:Walters, EH (Professor Haydn Walters)
UTAS Author:Gee, P (Mr Peter Gee)
ID Code:68803
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2011-03-23
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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