Pharmacy Practice and Diabetes Care

      Effective patient-centred care for people living with diabetes requires a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of health-care professionals (
      • Clement M.
      • Harvey B.
      • Rabi D.M.
      • et al.
      Organization of diabetes care.
      ,
      • Tricco A.C.
      • Ivers N.M.
      • Grimshaw J.M.
      • et al.
      Effectiveness of quality improvement strategies on the management of diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
      ). Ideally, each member of this team provides unique and complementary expertise to help patients develop and follow a comprehensive care plan, make healthy behaviour and lifestyle choices and, ultimately, improve health outcomes (
      • American Diabetes Association
      3. Foundations of Care and Comprehensive Medical Evaluation.
      ,
      • Community Preventive Services Task Force
      Diabetes management: Team-based care for patients with type 2 diabetes.
      ). Because most people living with diabetes will require drug therapy (
      • McGibbon A.
      • Richardson C.
      • Hernandez C.
      • Dornan J.
      Pharmacotherapy in type 1 diabetes.
      ,
      • Leiter L.A.
      • Berard L.
      • Bowering C.K.
      • et al.
      Type 2 diabetes mellitus management in Canada: Is it improving?.
      ), it is very likely that a diabetes care team will include a pharmacist. Pharmacists contribute to the diabetes care team by using their medication knowledge, skills and professional judgement to ensure each patient's medication needs are managed.
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