Aim: To determine the impact of a pharmacist intervention on patienta??guided diuretic dose adjustment in ambulatory patients with heart failure. Method: Patients with heart failure were randomised to usual care or usual care plus pharmacist intervention and followed for 3 months. Pharmacist intervention focused on patients improving self-care, recognising symptoms of fluid retention, measuring weight daily and self-adjusting diuretic dose using frusemide. The primary outcome was the number of appropriate weight-titrated frusemide dose adjustments. Secondary outcomes included the number of patients who correctly selfadjusted their frusemide dose, hospital readmissions due to fluid overload, heart failure-related knowledge and understanding, and quality of life (using validated tools).
|Pages (from-to)||126 - 131|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
Korajkic, A., Poole, S., MacFarlane, L., Bergin, P., & Dooley, M. (2011). Impact of a pharmacist intervention on ambulatory patients with heart failure: A randomised controlled study. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 41(2), 126 - 131.