World Journal of
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences

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Abstract

ROLE OF PHARMACISTS IN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF OBESITY IN JORDAN

Alaa Yasin*, Tariq Aljbouri, Mosheer Almagasgas, Muna Okasha and Mustafa Qasem

ABSTRACT

Background: Obesity is consider one of the most risk factor for many diseases like DM, cancer, HNT, etc. So it consider as an epidemic factor. So, the obesity patients need many counseling to increase their attitude toward obesity. In general pharmacists must be involved in this medical fields to help patient increase their attitude toward obesity products. Objective: Explore the role of local pharmacists in Jordan toward weight controlling by examining their current attitude, practices and knowledge toward obesity. Methods: A online questionnaire-based study of 110 community pharmacists in Jordan selected randomly via pharmacy association, conducted during February 2022. The survey contained five parts that focused in demographic information, attitude toward weight reduction, weight control ,evaluated the weight control methods used by the pharmacist ,assesses the pharmacist's practice toward weight reduction and barriers of counseling. Results: The response rate was 90%(100 participated to this survey). More than half of them agree that they have an effective role toward weight control. The majority of them didn't take any weight management course (90%).Most of the pharmacists have been working in the pharmacy for more than three years (75%). The majority of respondents(61%) were strongly agree that over increasing in body weight is consider one the major problem in Jordan. The minority of respondents (8%) disagree that effective role of pharmacists toward weight loss products The minority of pharmacists showed that they rarely shared weight and height measurements with their patients (21%), but the majority (75%) rarely measured their body fat with patients. The minority of respondents answer BMI incorrectly, only 51% answer correctly to discontinue the obesity medication when the body weight reach the target. The majority of them answer correctly about Co-administrate the green tee may affect of anticoagulation drugs (warfarin). Conclusions: The findings of this study gave significant results toward the attitude, practices, and knowledge of local pharmacists about overweight persons in Jordan. As a result, the pharmacy association and ministry of health should provide continuous education program to the pharmacists . These programs give better knowledge of obesity management to them.

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