Interventions delivered in the community pharmacy to manage allergic rhinitis: a systematic review of the literature

Jéssica José, Biljana Cvetkovski, Vicky Kritikos, Rachel Tan, Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Olga Lourenço

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number80
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalPharmacy
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • allergic rhinitis
  • community pharmacy
  • pharmacist

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