Pharmacy-based program to tackle coronary heart disease in the Australian community

Project Details
Project ID: 2002-022
Type: Investigator Initiated
Status: Completed
Institution: University of Tasmania
Chief Investigator: Professor Greg Peterson

Project Summary

The aim of this project is to assess the suitability of community pharmacies as coronary heart disease (CHD) risk profile screening centres. It is proposed that pharmacists, being the most readily accessible health professional in the community setting, could fulfill a useful role in the detection and counseling of members of the public at risk of CHD. The project will involve opportunistic CHD risk profiling for members of the public, in at least 12 community pharmacy sites across Tasmania and Northern Queensland. There will be a follow-up of screened individuals to determine actions taken and changes in knowledge of CHD risk factors. The project has the potential to encourage the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviours and make a significant impact on current health care practices and expenditure in Australia.