Community pharmacy interventions for health promotion improve some health-related behaviours and the quality of life of users of community pharmacies

Added April 4, 2020

Citation: Steed L, Sohanpal R, Todd A, et al. Community pharmacy interventions for health promotion: effects on professional practice and health outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019; (12): CD011207

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a great strain on health systems, limiting access to health care for some people. Community pharmacies may be important for providing advice on interventions to improve health-related behaviour.

In this Cochrane systematic review, the authors searched for randomized trials evaluating health-promotion interventions in community pharmacies. They did not restrict by language of publication and did their searches in February 2018. They identified 57 randomized trials (16,220 participants). Interventions were directed at pharmacy workers (8 trials), pharmacy users (13 trials), or both (36 trials). 49 studies were done in high‐income countries and 8 were done in middle‐income countries.

What works: Health-promotion interventions probably improve health-related behaviours and the quality of life of users of community pharmacies.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What’s uncertain: The effects of health-promotion interventions in community pharmacies on many physical or mental health outcomes are uncertain.


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