Assessment of glycosylated hemoglobin outcomes following an enhanced medication therapy management service via telehealth

Jennifer M. Bingham, Jennifer Stanislaw, Terri Warholak, Nicole Scovis, David R. Axon, Jacques Turgeon, Srujitha Marupuru

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Abstract

(1) Background: Regular contact with a medication therapy management (MTM) pharmacist is shown to improve patients’ understanding of their condition; however, continued demonstration of the value of a pharmacist delivered comprehensive medication review (CMR) using enhanced MTM services via telehealth is needed. The study aimed to describe a pilot program designed to improve type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) management through enhanced condition specific MTM services. (2) Methods: This retrospective study included patients with T2DM aged 40–75 years who received a pharmacist-delivered CMR between January and December 2018. An evaluation of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) values 3 months pre-and post-CMR was performed. Wilcoxon signed-rank and chi-square tests were used. (3) Results: Of 444 eligible patients, a majority were female (58%) with a median age of 70 years. Median HbA1c values post-CMR were lower than pre-CMR (median 7.1% range 4.5–13.6; median 7.4% range 4.5–13.9, respectively; p = 0.009). There were fewer participants with HbA1c >9% post-CMR (n = 66) than pre-CMR (n = 80; p < 0.001) and more with HbA1C <6.5% post-CMR (n = 151) than pre-CMR (n = 130; p < 0.001). (4) Conclusion: This program evaluation highlighted the value of an enhanced condition specific MTM service via telehealth. Patients had improved HbA1c values three months after receiving a single pharmacist delivered CMR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6560
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2 2021

Keywords

  • Comprehensive medication review
  • Glycosylated hemoglobin
  • Medication therapy management
  • Pharmacist
  • T2DM
  • Telehealth
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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