Systematic literature review of pharmacists in general practice in supporting the implementation of shared care agreements in primary care


BACKGROUND: Rising demand for healthcare continues to impact all sectors of the health service. As a result of the growing ageing population and the burden of chronic disease, healthcare has become more complex, and the need for more efficient management of specialist medication across the healthcare interface is of paramount importance. With the rising number of pharmacists working in primary care in clinical roles, is this a role that pharmacists could support to ensure the successful execution of shared care agreement (SCA) in primary care for these patients? AIM OF THE REVIEW: Systematic review to identify activities and assess the interventions provided by pharmacists in primary care on SCA provision and how it affects health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for patients. METHOD: Primary studies in English which tested the intervention or obtained views of stakeholders related to pharmacist input to shared care agreement within primary care were included. The following electronic databases were systematically searched from the date of inception to November 2021: AMED®, CINAHL®, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), EMBASE®, EMCARE®, Google Scholar, HMIC®, MEDLINE®, PsycINFO®, Scopus and Web of Science®. Grey literature sources were also searched. The search was adapted according to the respective database-specific search tools. It was searched using a combination of Medical Subject Heading terms (MeSH), free-text search terms and Boolean operators. RESULTS: A total of 5244 titles/abstracts were screened after duplicates were removed, and 64 full articles were assessed for eligibility. On examination of full text, no studies met the inclusion criteria for this review. CONCLUSION: This review highlights the need for further research to evaluate how pharmacists in general practice can support the safe and effective integration of specialist medication in primary care with the use of SCA. SYSTEMATIC REVIEW REGISTRATION: NIHR PROSPERO No: 2020 CRD42020165363 .

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Pharmacy School
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Long-term conditions,Pharmacists,Physicians,Primary Care,Seamless care,Shared care,Systematic review,integrated care,Medicine (miscellaneous)
Publication ISSN: 2046-4053
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 07:40
Date Deposited: 20 May 2022 11:37
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2022-05-11
Accepted Date: 2022-03-18
Authors: Iqbal, Naveed
Huynh, Chi (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6982-6642)
Maidment, Ian (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4152-9704)



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