Pilot Community Pharmacy Based Diabetes Program Using Health Coaching Principles
Feng Chang, RPh, BScPhm, PharmD - Gateway and School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo Dan Stringer, RPh, BSc, BScPhm - Gateway Nishi Gupta, BScPhm candidate - School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo Laura Smith, Nursing Student - Queens University
More than 1,000 Ontarians are diagnosed as diabetics in a week. Diabetes affects every single aspect of one’s life. Therefore, it is important that the patient understand the consequences of not managing their disease well. Most diabetic complications kept at bay if blood sugar levels are controlled. Clinical guidelines recommend that patients lose weight, increase physical activity, dietary modifications to control and manage blood sugar levels. However, patients find making changes in their lives daunting. We hypothesize that patients can be successful at achieving self-articulated goals along with the continued support and guidance of a trained pharmacist. Patients will be see once a month, and will jointly develop a goal plan with the pharmacist. Each goal will be evaluated at the following session as well as some clinical measures will be acquired.
To develop a community pharmacy based health coaching program for patients with diabetes to achieve small changes in their lives such as dietary habits, weight loss, blood sugar controls, increasing physical activity etc.
To demonstrate simple diabetes related monitoring tests can be performed in a pharmacy by a trained professional
Sample size: 15-20 patients
Inclusion criteria: Adult Diabetic patients
Setting: Community pharmacies in Southwest Ontario