Community pharmacists' knowledge of COPD, and practices and perceptions of medication counseling of COPD patients.

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dc.contributor.author Heikkilä, Juha
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-20T11:16:43Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-20T11:16:43Z
dc.date.issued 2018-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309850
dc.description Heikkilä JH, Parkkamäki S, Salimäki J, Westermarck S, Pohjanoksa-Mäntylä M, Commynity phamacists' knowledge of COPD, and practises and perceptions of medication counseling of COPD patients, Int J COPD, 2018, 13: 2065-2074 Julkaisun pysyvä osoite: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30013334 fi
dc.description Apteekkifarmasian erikoistumisopinnot proviisoreille - PD; opinnäytetyö fi
dc.description.abstract Background and purpose: COPD is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Although medication counseling interventions by pharmacists have been found to support the management of COPD, little is known about pharmacists' knowledge concerning COPD and regular practices and perceptions concerning medication counseling of COPD patients. The purpose of this study was to research these topics among Finnish community pharmacists. Materials and methods: In January 2017, an electronic survey was e-mailed to Finnish community pharmacies (n=741) via the Association of the Finnish Pharmacies. One pharmacist from each pharmacy, preferably a specialist in asthma, was invited to answer the survey. Results: Completed responses were received from 263 pharmacists (response rate =35%), of whom 196 pharmacists were specialists in asthma. Response rate among asthma pharmacists was 42%. Pharmacists were positive about their role in medication counseling and in support of the self-management of COPD patients. COPD-related knowledge was self-assessed as being good and was on a good level in respect of basic facts. However, almost half (46%) of the pharmacists did not know that COPD is considered a national public health issue, and ~50% of the pharmacists were not familiar with the current care guideline on COPD. Medication counseling was found to be more medicinal product-driven and less advisory concerning lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation and physical exercise. Conclusion: Although the pharmacists' knowledge of COPD was good on general topics, there were some gaps in their knowledge on the current care guideline and status of the disease. Pharmacists should more systematically individually target medication counseling according to patients' needs. In addition, lifestyle treatments, including smoking cessation and physical exercise, should be part of the medication counseling. fi
dc.language.iso en fi
dc.subject clinical practice guideline fi
dc.subject knowledge fi
dc.subject medication counseling fi
dc.subject pharmacists fi
dc.subject pulmonary disease fi
dc.title Community pharmacists' knowledge of COPD, and practices and perceptions of medication counseling of COPD patients. fi
dc.type Opinnäyte fi

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