People with asthma benefit from medicine reviews delivered by pharmacists

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Asthma UK and PSNC are promoting the value to asthma patients of structured reviews by pharmacists, following the improvment project carried across the South Central area.

People with asthma benefit from medicine reviews delivered by pharmacists

The Inhaler Technique Improvement Project enabled pharmacists to conduct structured reviews (called Medicines Use Reviews, or MURs) with people about their asthma and COPD medicines.

During these reviews pharmacists tested how well peoples’ conditions were being managed and gave specialist asthma inhaler advice, using innovative training devices to help people to make sure they were using their inhalers correctly. Many people received two of these reviews, meaning their progress could be monitored.

Pharmacists involved in the project have now provided more than 5,100 of the reviews across 206 pharmacies in the South of England, with more than 800 follow-up reviews also completed.  The project built on the national pharmacy Medicines Use Review (MUR) service, which helps patients with long-term conditions to manage their medicines.

As part of the reviews in the South of England, pharmacists carried out asthma control tests (ACT) or COPD assessment tests (CAT) and recorded the results in an electronic system. An analysis of the recorded data, covering 4,600 asthma control tests and 448 COPD assessment tests, has shown:

 

> Read the press release issued by PSNC and Asthma UK