Thursday, December 14, 2017 | ePaper

Care and cost benefits of asthma intervention

  • Print
Life Desk  :

Interventions by community pharmacists can help asthma patients achieve better asthma control and have major cost benefits for health services around the world.
The economic burden of asthma is estimated to be €72 billion annually in the 28 countries of the European Union.The research, led by a team from the Medway School of Pharmacy (part of the University of Kent and University of Greenwich in the UK), found that community pharmacists who carry out a review with asthma patients of the way they use their medicines had a beneficial effect on patients' asthma control. The study showed that this benefit was cost-effective compared with usual care methods.
'I-MUR intervention led to a reduced average number of active ingredients among patients' medications (from five to four), improved self-reported adherence and established a clear link between asthma control and adherence to treatment.'
The research involved one of the largest ever trials of a community-pharmacist intervention for asthma, with 283 pharmacists and 1,263 patients in Italy taking part. The intervention, known as I-MUR, is a private, structured interview between pharmacists and patients, looking at five areas: asthma symptoms; medicines use; attitude towards medicines; adherence; and identification of pharmaceutical care issues. In the trial, pharmacists were randomly assigned to receive immediate or delayed (by three months) training in I-MUR intervention. After three months, patients who had received the intervention were 76% more likely to have achieved good asthma control compared with patients in the other group.
The economic analysis, conducted by the London School of Economics (LSE), adopted a 'willingness-to-pay' threshold of €30,000 (£25,300) per quality-of-life year gained, in line with the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE); the researchers' analyses showed that, at the conclusion of the study after nine months, the probability that the intervention was more cost-effective than usual care reached 100%.
Source: Eurekalert

More News For this Category

Image transfer on What's App could help save lives in time

Image transfer on What's App could help save lives in time

Life Desk  :What's App can now be used to send diagnostic electrocardiograms directly to the hospitals catheterisation team enabling them to prep and save crucial time for treatment, found

 Ensuring right to health for all

Ensuring right to health for all

Dr. Samir Kumar Saha :Every year, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day is commemorated on December 12 across the globe. It is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations

Modify home to beat winter blues

Modify home to beat winter blues

Life Desk :Adding a bright and cosy throw on your sofa or lighting candles can add warmth to your home, suggest interior design experts.Adetee Sawhaney, Principal Designer, Altus Interio,

Millennial want to try new things

Millennial want to try new things

Life Desk :Travellers are more interested in exploring the cultural side of a place rather than touristy locations, reveals a new survey.According to the survey, shared by online accommodation

Change is everything

Change is everything

Life Desk :Newly-crowned Miss World Manushi Chhillar believes that change, and not success, is everything."I think change is everything, something common in all entrepreneurs."We not only love what we

Most teenagers cope with bad online experiences

Most teenagers cope with bad online experiences

Life Desk :Are you worried about the consequences of your child encountering online risks, such as sexual soliciting, cyber-bullying and explicit material? Take heart as researchers have found that

Fear of breakup may end romantic relationship

Fear of breakup may end romantic relationship

Life Desk :Is the fear of breaking up with your partner nagging you? According to a study, the level of fear may influence the romance and commitment, thereby either

Stock up home with basic healthcare devices

Stock up home with basic healthcare devices

Life Desk :Be it a digital or a mercury thermometer, make sure you keep one at home and check your body temperature before you step out to visit a

Power the marathon miles this season

Power the marathon miles this season

Life Desk :With the marathon season underway, fitness enthusiasts are gearing up to make a run for the yellow line. While completing a feat like the marathon requires dedication

Women spend more time doing unpaid work than men

Women spend more time doing unpaid work than men

Life Desk :Women spend two to ten times more time doing unpaid work than men, according to a research released today by an NGO. It said one of the