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Revista Cubana de Farmacia

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VAZQUEZ, Marta et al. Uruguayan experience in community-wide active pharmaceutical care. Rev Cubana Farm [online]. 2014, vol.48, n.1, pp.63-72. ISSN 0034-7515.

Objective: to conduct a health promotion activity for the population on the rational use of drugs, in which students participate with the rest of the health team and to analyze pharmacotherapeutic data collected in this educational activity. Methods: a pharmaceutical care tent was put up on a public area for three days where physicians and pharmacists participated, giving talks on various prevailing health issues that affect the Uruguayan population. Also, a number of pharmaceutical care students, as part of their practical training, participated in this activity by interviewing passers-by, filling out forms of pharmacotherapeutic profiles and of consumption of herbal medicines and giving people some information leaflets. A research study was carried out from the data collected in these pharmacotherapeutic forms. Results: the students actively participated in filling out the pharmacotherapeutic profiles and keeping fluent communication with the audience and with health professionals. One hundred and seventeen pharmacotherapeutic forms were completed (90 women and 27 men). Sixty percent of the interviewed people consumed herbal medicines. Sixty people received four or more medicines. Antihypertensive drugs were the most commonly used. Twenty three people had hypothyroidism and two people in this group were treated with lithium for bipolar disorder. In the female group 18 took anxiolytics, 12 antidepressants, 7 hypnotic drugs and 2 antipsychotic drugs. Nineteen people reported high cholesterol condition and 14 of them took medication. Fourteen had osteoarthritis and 10 were under painkiller treatment. Nine people had gastritis and this group showed high consumption rates of coffee and mate. Six women over 50 years old reported having osteoporosis and only 3 of them took calcium-based medication and vitamin D. Conclusions: the experience was well-accepted by the public and once again, the need for responsible health education of the population was demonstrated.

Keywords : pharmaceutical care; education; research; interdisciplinarity.

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