BIOCOMPONENTS AND BIOPROSPECTS OF ETHANOLIC EXTRACT OF TERMITOMYCES HEIMII
AbstractObjective: The objective was to select, set up and initiate the health screening services in the community pharmacy, to design and develop patient
data collection form and patient identity card, to implement health screening services in a selected community pharmacy and to evaluate the health
screening services data.
Methods: The study was a prospective, investigational and community interventional study, conducted for a period of 10 months from May 2008 to
Results: A total of 98 patients and 24 customers under risk factors were screened during the study. Out of which 58 (59.18%) patients were diabetic
with hypertensive, 26 (26.53%) were hypertensive and 14 (14.28%) were diabetic. The systolic and diastolic blood pressure, random blood sugar
and body mass index values of the screened patients reveals the need for the provision of health screening services in the community pharmacy by a
pharmacist. Various demographic factors such as age, gender, occupation, economic status, educational background, periodic check-up showed equal
impact of pharmacist involvement and need to provide these services in the community pharmacy.
Conclusion: This study suggest that there is ample scientific evidence showing that certain risk factors pre-dispose individuals to development of
diabetes and hypertension, there is sufficient evidence to conclude that community screening is a cost effective approach to reduce the morbidity and
mortality associated with these diseases in healthy individuals. Community screening programs may provide a means to enhance public awareness
regarding seriousness of diabetes and hypertension and its complications.
Keywords: Health screening services, Community pharmacy, Diabetes, Hypertension.
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