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Portuguese Journal of Public Health

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PIZARRO, Ângela Maria Vilaça Pereira de Araújo; MARTINS, Maria Rosário O.  and  SIMOES, Jorge Almeida. Expanding Primary Care to Pharmaceutical Patient Care in Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 through the European Union's Community Pharmacies, between 2008 and 2018: A Systematic Review. Port J Public Health [online]. 2019, vol.37, n.2-3, pp.100-118. ISSN 2504-3137.

Background: The analysis of the European Union (EU28) health systems' intervention for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) reports an insufficient combination of legal support, prevention, and early diagnosis. This fact compromises the patient's health outcomes. The inclusion of pharmacy services oriented to T2DM (PS-T2DM) in strategic primary care network's programs could be a solution. However, the different regulatory frameworks that include good pharmaceutical practices and clinical guidelines for T2DM in each EU28 country may be a limitation. Health systems need to know the evolution of these community services and to analyze their operational and regulatory base, both in time and space. - Methods: A systematic review was carried out on a qualitative and quantitative approach to the expansion and upgrading of PS-T2DM provided in EU28 pharmacies between 2008 and 2018. - Results: The implementation of PS-T2DM in EU28 has increased sharply since 2009 and 2010. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is regulated in 5 countries (Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, and Portugal) and T2DM in 3 (Austria, Latvia, and Romania). Also, in 3 countries (Latvia, Poland, and Spain), pharmacists are involved in implementing guidelines for DM and T2DM, but there is no evidence on the regulation of PS-T2DM. Twenty-two countries showed detailed studies for the PS-T2DM's provision. The type of PS-T2DM implemented in the highest number of EU28 countries was “promoting the rational use of medicines,” and the specific subtype T2DM-related more commonly reported was the “glucose measurement.” - Discussion/Conclusion: Pharmacy disease-oriented services contributed to improving the accessibility, proximity, and equity of primary care for T2DM provided in community pharmacies across the EU28 in recent decades. This promising strategy for improving health outcome sets may be a call to the action of health systems due to its impact consistent with some objectives of universal health coverage for the eradication of DM and T2DM.

Keywords : Diabetes mellitus type 2; Community pharmacy services; Outcome sets monitoring; European Union.

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