Impact of a pharmacist intervention on ambulatory patients with heart failure: A randomised controlled study

Amela Korajkic, Susan Poole, Louise MacFarlane, Peter Bergin, Michael Dooley

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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).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-131
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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