Community pharmacy type 2 diabetes risk assessment: demographics and risk results

Michael J. Twigg, David J. Wright, Tracey Thornley, Lisa Haynes

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Abstract

Objectives:
To determine the demographics and risk results of patients accessing a community pharmacy diabetes risk assessment service.

Method:
Participating patients underwent an assessment using a validated questionnaire to determine their 10-year risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Patients were given appropriate lifestyle advice or referred to their general practitioner if necessary.

Key findings:
In total, 21 302 risk assessments were performed. Nearly one-third (29%) of 3427 risk assessments analysed yielded a result of moderate or high chance of developing the condition.

Conclusions:
Community pharmacies can identify a significant number of patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years. Further follow-up work needs to be done to determine the cost-effectiveness of such a service and the consequences of receiving a risk assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-82
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Volume23
Issue number1
Early online date22 Jul 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Keywords

  • community pharmacy
  • diabetes
  • diet
  • health promotion
  • risk assessment

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