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Pharmacists In Primary-Care Settings Benefit Patients

Posted Nov 27 2010 10:26am

Though most of us are used to seeing our pharmacists behind the counter at our neighbourhood drugstores, Scot Simpson sees a more dynamic place for them—right in doctors’ offices.
Simpson, an associate professor in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has just published a study showing that adding pharmacists to the primary-care team in family medicine clinics may help patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes better manage associated risk factors, such as high blood pressure.

The findings hold potential for improving health care at the patient level and lowering total costs to the medical system.

“Pharmacists can play a more active role in primary care and community clinics,” said Simpson. “We’ve already been actively collaborating on health-care teams for years in hospitals, so it makes sense to also join the primary care teams in medical clinics.”

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