Among different strategies for blood pressure control, improving adherence plays an important role for optimizing blood pressure control.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate if a pharmaceutical care program could improve blood pressure in patients with an established diagnosis of hypertension, with a view to improve patient self- management.
Methods: This project evaluates the pharmacist's intervention during a prospective randomized controlled trial, from November 2015- to May 2016.
The study was conducted in a community pharmacy in the city of Fier/ Albania.
Patients with as established diagnosis of hypertension were allocated in 2 groups : intervention group ( follow- up by the pharmacist for 6 months) and control group.( usual care).
Results: A total of 120 patients participated in this study. Although there were no significant differences in both groups concerning mean age, gender,body mass index and antihypertensive pharmacotherapy at the end of the study , blood pressure control was higher in the Intervention group. ( p= 0.005).
Medication adherence improved and also there was a decrease in the lipid levels.
Conclusion: Pharmacist intervention can significantly improve medication adherence and blood pressure control in patients with hypertension.
Community pharmacists are valuable members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.
Also community pharmacists can participate in health education and promotion campaigns to improve hypertension control.