Pharmacy Asthma Action Plan – Pharmacists receiving remuneration for addressing the issues for people with asthma in the community


Project Details
Project ID: 2001-074
Type: Investigator Initiated
Institution: University of Sydney
Chief Investigator: Dr Sinthia Bosnic- Anticevich

Project Summary

This study involved the development of a new integrated pharmacy based cognitive service, designed to optimise the use of Asthma Action Plans (Step 5 of the National Asthma Campaign’s Asthma Management Plan) in people with asthma in the community. This new service was designed to establish the pharmacist’s role in asthma care within the health care team and is to be remunerable. The development of the service was based on a series of semi-structured interviews and focus groups conducted with key stakeholders. The newly developed service underwent pilot implementation into community pharmacy. Results of the implementation of the Asthma Action Plan Program (AAPP) lead to significant health improvements in the intervention group. These included a:

  • decrease in asthma severity
  • decrease in the number of days taken off work due to asthma
  • decrease in the mean daily does of reliever medications used
  • decrease in the proportion of patients using reliever medications
  • decrease in patients reporting that their medications bothered them.

Further, of the 79% of patients who had their asthma reviewed by a GP, 53% changed the way they used their devices and the project resulted in double the number of patients who had a AAP at the end compared with the beginning of the project.