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Pharmacist-led hypertension clinics can significantly improve blood pressure control, a new study concludes.
Some 80 per cent of patients referred by GPs to a pharmacist achieved British Hypertension Society BP targets, but only 40 per cent of those under standard GP care.
The study, published in Pharmacy World Science, also found the pharmacist clinics dramatically increased prescribing of statins and aspirin.
Of those eligible for aspirin treatment, 13 per cent were receiving the drug pre-clinic but 80 per cent afterwards.
The proportion of patients eligible for statins who received the drugs went up from 11 per cent to 92 per cent.
Co-researcher and pharmacist prescriber Fiona Reid said similar clinics were now being rolled out across the UK, and that her own role was now extending to include simple diagnosis.
'It is about using resources appropriately so that GPs can see patients who really need to see them,' Ms Reid said.