Special Issue "Pharmacists' Role in Diabetes Care"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Meagen Rosenthal
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Guest Editor
Department of Pharmacy Administration, University of Mississippi, University, 38677, USA
Interests: patient-centered research development; community pharmacy practice change; implementation science; pharmacists professional culture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Diabetes is a world-wide public health threat and challenge. Recent estimates suggest that by 2045, nearly 700 million people will have diabetes around the world. Moreover, it is possible that this number will be even higher, as rates of obesity continue to increase.

Pharmacists have always played an integral role in helping patients with diabetes more effectively manage this condition. Whether in the form of educating patients about the importance of adhering to their prescribed medications, training patients in self-management techniques, actively modifying medication therapies to ensure patients receive the best possible outcomes, or many other activities, pharmacists have played many, many roles in the care of patients with diabetes. This Special Issue will provide a snap shot of pharmacists’ current role in the care of patients with diabetes, show evidence of the value of pharmacists interventions to health systems, demonstrate how evidence-based interventions are being spread across various pharmacy settings, and provide new directions for future research into this important topic. We are seeking submissions from those involved in observational studies, clinical or practice trials, economic evaluations, implementation science trials, or surveys of the current pharmacy literature about the care of patients with diabetes, who can provide new ideas for how pharmacists can be even more effective. Our objective is to consolidate the current and best available evidence pertaining to all aspects of pharmacists’ interventions in the care of this population, to acknowledge previous work and the value created to date, and provide a road map to researchers and practitioners for how to maximize pharmacists’ benefit to all patients who have diabetes.

Prof. Dr. Meagen Rosenthal
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Diabetes;
  • Pharmacists’ diabetes care;
  • Interventions by pharmacists;
  • Pharmacy practice change management;
  • Pharmacists’ value.

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Building a Patient-Centered Weight Management Program: A Mixed Methods Project to Obtain Patients’ Information Needs and Ideas for Program Structure
Pharmacy 2019, 7(4), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7040165 - 03 Dec 2019
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Achieving and maintaining weight loss for large segments of the population remains elusive, despite evidence demonstrating the value of many weight management programs. This study aimed to gather patients’ perceptions on weight management education needs, and ideas for the structure of a weight [...] Read more.
Achieving and maintaining weight loss for large segments of the population remains elusive, despite evidence demonstrating the value of many weight management programs. This study aimed to gather patients’ perceptions on weight management education needs, and ideas for the structure of a weight management program to be delivered in community pharmacies. This was an exploratory mixed methods study combining qualitative focus group interviews with a cross-sectional survey. Three focus group interviews were conducted, along with a brief survey based on focus groups findings and sent to all eligible participants. The survey allowed for individual responses on the program components and narrowing down of focus group findings. Nearly half of the respondents (45.9%) wanted further education on limiting carbohydrate and sugar intake. Participants were most interested in identifying different exercises appropriate for those with physical limitations (48.6%). Most participants preferred 1 h meetings (70.3%) that contain a mix of one-on-one and group meeting formats (67.6%). The results of the study suggest a three-month weight management program, with a combination of group and individual in-person meetings occurring twice per month, would be of most interest to patients. Full article
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