Pharmacists Attitudes and Role in Diabetes Management in Kuwait

Asmaa A. Al-Haqan (Lead / Corresponding author), Dalal Al-Taweel, Abdelmoneim Awad, Deborah Wake

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Abstract

Objectives: The objectives of this study were to measure pharmacists’ attitude toward management of diabetes, identify current levels of pharmacy service provided to patients with diabetes, and identify barriers for further provision of diabetes related services.

Subjects and Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted on a sample of 198 pharmacists working in primary and secondary healthcare settings in one health region of Kuwait using a pre-tested self-administered questionnaire. Descriptive statistics, correlations, and comparative analysis were performed.

Results: The response rate was 84.4% (n=168). Respondents had overall positive attitudes toward management of diabetes. Pharmacists regularly provided their patients with counseling on the appropriate time to administer their medications; however, services related to hypoglycemia and management of co-morbid diseases were rarely provided. A negative correlation was found between the positive overall diabetes related attitudes and pharmacists’ involvement in providing the following diabetes related services: glucose monitoring (r= -0.25, p= 0.001), comorbid disease management (r= -0.243, p= 0.001), and healthy living choices (r= -0.237, p= 0.002). The perception that some physicians and patients have of pharmacists as dispensers only, was identified as the most important barrier to providing diabetes related services.

Conclusion: Pharmacists had positive diabetes related attitudes; however, they provided limited diabetes related services to their patients. Barriers to provision of pharmacy services to patients with diabetes should be addressed to enable optimum patient care delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University Health Science Centre
Volume26
Issue number3
Early online date18 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

Keywords

  • Pharmacy services
  • Diabetes
  • Attitudes
  • Kuwait

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