Know Your Numbers: Results from a Liverpool Community Pharmacy blood pressure pilot
PHE ePoster Library. Gosling R. Sep 10, 2018; 221359; 209
Rachael Gosling
Rachael Gosling
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Abstract Introduction: The 'Know Your Numbers' pilot was carried out in Liverpool pharmacies in September 2017. It aimed to increase public awareness of hypertension and encourage lifestyle changes. This was supported by a range of related activities across Liverpool. Method: Pharmacies promoted the importance of 'knowing your numbers' by displaying campaign materials, in their pharmacies. They also offered blood pressure (BP) monitoring, following locally developed guidelines. A GP referral was made if the BP reading was above the normal range (140/90mmHg). After each intervention, data was added to the PharmOutcomes database.Results: 1154 interventions were delivered across 31 pharmacies. In total 237 GP referrals were made with 6% being previously diagnosed hypertension and 14.5% new diagnosis. 169 of these patients were contacted following the intervention. 79% of people with a new diagnosis and 63% of people with an existing diagnosis were seen by their GP following the referral. Of these patients, a change in therapy was made in almost half of people with an existing diagnosis of hypertension and of those with a new diagnosis, 28 were started on antihypertensives. In addition 102 patients reported they were following the lifestyle advice provided.Conclusion: Community pharmacy should be seen as a key stakeholder in future blood pressure pathway development and more work should be done to develop blood pressure management in community pharmacy.
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