Professional pharmacy services for improving public health and smoking cessation
Citation: Perraudin C, Bugnon O, Pelletier-Fleury N. Expanding professional pharmacy services in European community setting: Is it cost-effective? A systematic review for health policy considerations. Health Policy 2016;120:1350-1362.
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What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a great strain on healthcare services and resources. Existing research on the use of community pharmacists to expand professional pharmacy services might provide useful information for policy makers.
In this systematic review, the authors searched for European research evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of professional pharmacy services. They did not restrict by type of publication, but limited their search to publications in English between 2004 and 2015. They included 21 studies, which were conducted in Belgium (1 study), Denmark (1), France (1), the Netherlands (3), Spain (2) and the UK (13).
What was found: Professional pharmacy services are likely to be effective in improving public health outcomes, in particular relating to health screening and smoking cessation.
The effects of professional pharmacy services for enhancing medicine safety and access, improving medical outcomes of individual patients and contributing to the quality and efficiency of health systems were mixed and inconclusive.
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