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The Help for Hay Fever community pharmacy-based pilot randomised controlled trial for intermittent allergic rhinitis

Smith, S., Porteous, T., Bond, C. , Francis, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-5784-8895, Lee, A. J., Lowrie, R., Scotland, G., Sheikh, A., Thomas, M., Wyke, S. & Smith, L. (2020). The Help for Hay Fever community pharmacy-based pilot randomised controlled trial for intermittent allergic rhinitis. NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, 30(1), 23. doi: 10.1038/s41533-020-0180-4


Management of intermittent allergic rhinitis (IAR) is suboptimal in the UK. An Australian community pharmacy-based intervention has been shown to help patients better self-manage their IAR. We conducted a pilot cluster RCT in 12 Scottish community pharmacies to assess transferability of the Australian intervention. Trained staff in intervention pharmacies delivered the intervention to eligible customers (n = 60). Non-intervention pharmacy participants (n = 65) received usual care. Outcome measures included effect size of change in the mini-Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (miniRQLQ) between baseline, 1-week and 6-week follow-up. Trial procedures were well received by pharmacy staff, and customer satisfaction with the intervention was high. The standardised effect size for miniRQLQ total score was −0.46 (95% CI, −1.05, 0.13) for all participants and −0.14 (95% CI,−0.86, 0.57) in the complete case analysis, suggesting a small overall treatment effect in the intervention group. A full-scale RCT is warranted to fully evaluate the effectiveness of this service.

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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
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