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A review of advances in collaborative pharmacy practice to improve adherence to standards of care in diabetes management.

Authors
  • Conley, Michael P1
  • Chim, Christine
  • Magee, Chelsea E
  • Sullivan, Daniel J
  • 1 Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave - R218 TF, Boston, MA, 02115, USA, [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Diabetes Reports
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2014
Volume
14
Issue
3
Pages
470–470
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11892-013-0470-0
PMID: 24496918
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The prevalence of diabetes in the United States is increasing and so is the need to provide diabetes care. Given the time commitment and complexity of diabetes management, an interdisciplinary approach is recommended. Pharmacists are integral members of the diabetes care team because of their accessibility and expertise in medication management. Pharmacists are receiving specialized training and becoming more involved in direct patient care through collaborative practice opportunities such as medication therapy management and collaborative drug therapy management. These collaborative practice models increase patient access to care and allow pharmacists to optimize drug therapy and provide important education to promote diabetes self-management. Studies show pharmacists practicing in a variety of outpatient environments can reduce HbA1c, LDL and BP as well as improve adherence to recommended American Diabetes Association guidelines (yearly monofilament exams, dilated eye exams, microalbumin screening, etc). Pharmacists working as part of the health care team can ensure optimal diabetes management.

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