Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease case finding by community pharmacists: A potential cost-effective public health intervention

David Wright, Michael Twigg, Tracey Thornley

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Objectives: To pilot a community pharmacy COPD case finding service in England, estimating costs and effects.

Method: Patients potentially at risk of COPD were screened with validated tools. Smoking cessation was offered to all smokers identified as potentially having undiagnosed COPD. Cost and effects of the service were estimated.

Key findings: 21 community pharmacies screened 238 patients over 9 months. 135 patients were identified with potentially undiagnosed COPD; 88 were smokers. Smoking cessation initiation provided a project gain of 38.62 life years, 19.92 QALYs and a cost saving of £392.67.

Conclusion: COPD case finding by community pharmacists potentially provides cost-savings and improves quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-85
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Issue number1
Early online date5 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • community pharmacy
  • COPD
  • cost-effectiveness
  • health promotion
  • pharmaceutical public health

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