Pharmacists help to improve stroke survivors’ health: Canadian study

Global News

TORONTO — Pharmacists have the education and know-how to look after patients and now a new Canadian study suggests that they can successfully manage the health of stroke survivors.

As health care demands tighten up on doctors, Canadian researchers are looking at ways to shift responsibility to other frontline health care workers who are ready to provide an extra set of eyes on patient health care.

Last August, for example, some provinces handed more autonomy to pharmacists who are now allowed to prescribe or take away medication, order and interpret tests and even vaccinate patients.

READ MORE: Expanded role for pharmacists means better patient care, experts say

When Dr. Finlay McAlister first heard of this news, he sought out to research the implications on stroke survivors and how pharmacists counsel them back to better health. Turns out, they’re pretty successful.

“It wouldn’t replace primary care,” McAlister told Global News. McAlister…

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