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Interventions Delivered in the Community Pharmacy to Manage Allergic Rhinitis- A Systematic Review of the Literature

Faculty of Health Sciences and CICS—UBI, Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, 6200-506 Covilhã, Portugal
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sidney and Sydney Local Health District, Glebe 2037, Australia
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Pharmacy 2020, 8(2), 80;
Received: 15 April 2020 / Revised: 1 May 2020 / Accepted: 4 May 2020 / Published: 6 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Medicine Use in Upper Respiratory Airways and Asthma)
Pharmacists have a valuable role in the management of allergic rhinitis (AR) at the community pharmacy level. This role has been reported extensively in numerous papers. However, a systematic review of the available literature and a comprehensive analysis of the outcomes has not been published. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the impact of interventions developed by pharmacists on clinical AR outcomes. A thorough search was performed in three electronic databases, including studies published between January 2000 and June 2019. After the selection process, only three articles met the inclusion criteria and were further analysed. Despite the scarcity of the available studies, in all of them was clear that the pharmacist plays a pivotal role in the management of AR, significantly improving the patients’ quality of life and symptom control. This systematic review also stresses the utmost importance to investigate and report practices and interventions developed by pharmacists using measurable outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: allergic rhinitis; community pharmacy; pharmacist allergic rhinitis; community pharmacy; pharmacist
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José, J.; Cvetkovski, B.; Kritikos, V.; Tan, R.; Bosnic-Anticevich, S.; Lourenço, O. Interventions Delivered in the Community Pharmacy to Manage Allergic Rhinitis- A Systematic Review of the Literature. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 80.

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