Early detection of drug therapy problems: Design and introduction of a community intervention program

E. Parody Rúa, J. L. Segú Tolosa, J. Caminal Homar

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Abstract

Background and aim: To standardize the process of detection, recording, prevention and resolution of Drug Therapy Problems (DTP) in a Primary Health Care Centre (PHC) in order to implement an intervention program. Material and methods: A prospective intervention study consisting of detection, monitoring and intervention of DTP was carried out in the PHC of Barceloneta from April 2002 to January 2003. Results: A total of 1,308 DTP were detected corresponding to 620 patients, of which 63.5% were women and 66. 1% elder than 55 years of age. The most prevalent therapeutic groups were cardiovascular, nervous and digestive systems, and metabolism. Of the identified DTP, 83.6% corresponded to "therapeutic compliance". Nursing staff reported most of the cases (83.7%). Interventions were performed on 222 DTP, of which 94 were resolved (42.3%). Conclusions: Community environment is the ideal place for DTP early detection and resolution, mainly potential ones. Also, development of coordinated programs and interdisciplinary intervention offers a high potential for preventing these problems and improving rational drug management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
JournalCiencia y Tecnologia Pharmaceutica
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004

Keywords

  • Drug therapy problems
  • Intervention program
  • Primary health care

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    Parody Rúa, E., Segú Tolosa, J. L., & Caminal Homar, J. (2004). Early detection of drug therapy problems: Design and introduction of a community intervention program. Ciencia y Tecnologia Pharmaceutica, 14(2), 60-67.