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FrontPath Health Coalition To Lead Community-wide Group in Pilot Program
Date:2/25/2008

president. "By lending our academic expertise to this project, we will be able to maximize the return on investment and help more of our citizenry understand and manage their diabetes."

Program participants will contact one of the members of the Coalition of Toledo Area Independent Pharmacies, including The Pharmacy Counter, Erie Drug, Glenbyrne Pharmacy, Ryan Pharmacy and Kahler Pharmacy. During visits over the course of the one-year program, participants will meet with clinical pharmacists to raise the level of their awareness and learn about how to best manage their condition by utilizing the local resources available to them.

The Coalition of Toledo Area Independent Pharmacies provides easy access to clinical pharmacists who work and communicate with a patient's healthcare team, including physicians and specialists. They will create a customized plan to treat each individual's condition. In addition to collecting clinical data and suggesting lifestyle changes, pharmacists will teach patients how and when to use their medications and how those medications work to control their condition.

To measure the impact of the program on patients' health, several analytical procedures will be used. Dr. Sharrel Pinto, assistant professor and director of the University of Toledo research laboratory, will head the team conducting the analysis using a variety of statistical tests and measures. The goal of Dr. Pinto's research team will be to evaluate economic, clinical and quality of life-related outcomes for patients with diabetes, providing insight into improving the delivery and quality of care for patients with such chronic conditions. The research team will include pharmacy undergraduate and graduate students.

"More than one-third of the U.S. adult population has diabetes or is well on their way to getting it," said Andrew Webber, president and CEO of NBCH. "Diabetes care is expensive and if we can improve the quality of that care, we can reduc
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