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Pharmacists can manage some chronic conditions effectively, study suggests

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 26/04/2016 11:10

Description by original source: Pharmacists may do a better job than doctors helping chronically ill patients manage their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels if they're allowed to direct people's health care, a new evidence review suggests.

The review also found that pharmacists could manage chronic diseases with about the same efficiency as doctors.

However, current evidence doesn't show whether pharmacists can actually improve a patient's overall health if they take over someone's care from a doctor, said study senior author Dr. Timothy Wilt. He's a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and a staff physician at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.