In-patient and Out-patient Pharmacist Intervention in the Management of Diabetes Mellitus Conditions in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A Qualitative Approach

ABSTRACT
There is a growing body of literature showing the importance of pharmacists’ involvement in the management of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) conditions. This study tried to explore the extent to which pharmacists in Dubai, United Arab Emirates intervene in the management and control of diabetic patients within different healthcare settings by using a qualitative approach method. Based on the sample pooled, our key findings pointed to the lack of pharmacists’ intervention in designing or altering DM drug therapy. In addition, hospital pharmacists in Dubai are not actively involved in the management and control of DM conditions. The only positive role of pharmacists were found in the primary healthcare setting where community pharmacists are consulted regularly on sudden or urgent complications related to DM conditions.

Keywords: Diabetes Mellitus; Hospital pharmacists; Community pharmacists; Dubai; Drug therapy