Pharmacy workforce to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases in developing nations

Khanal, Saval, Nissen, Lisa, Veerman, Lennert and Hollingworth, Samantha (2016) Pharmacy workforce to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases in developing nations. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 12 4: 655-659. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2015.09.005

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Author Khanal, Saval
Nissen, Lisa
Veerman, Lennert
Hollingworth, Samantha
Title Pharmacy workforce to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases in developing nations
Journal name Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1934-8150
1551-7411
Publication date 2016-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.sapharm.2015.09.005
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 655
End page 659
Total pages 5
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Non-communicable diseases (NCDs, e.g. cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes mellitus) are the main causes of mortality and morbidity in developing countries, including Nepal. Nearly half of the deaths in Nepal are caused by NCDs. Nepal lacks adequate human resources to prevent and manage NCDs, but the skills and expertise of pharmacists in Nepal are underused. There is evidence from many countries that pharmacists can contribute substantially to the prevention and management NCD. We aim to describe the opportunities and challenges for pharmacists to prevent and manage NCDs in Nepal. Pharmacists can contribute by screening and monitoring NCDs; counseling on lifestyle; providing medication therapy management services; promoting public health; and providing other pharmaceutical services. Challenges to the implementation of some of these activities in the current context include inadequate training of pharmacists in NCD prevention and management, the cost of pharmaceutical services to patients and government, and the existing health care service delivery model. There is a need for health services research to determine how pharmacists can be best used to prevent and manage NCDs in Nepal.
Keyword Nepal
Non-communicable diseases
Role of pharmacists
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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