International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 58, Issue 2, pp 319–322 | Cite as

Community-based pharmacies: an opportunity to recruit patients?

  • Isabelle Peytremann-BridevauxEmail author
  • Julie Bordet
  • Valérie Santschi
  • Tinh-Hai Collet
  • Marc Eggli
  • Bernard Burnand
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Recruiting representative population groups with a specific disease is a challenge. In jurisdictions with no existing or no access to a database including individual disease diagnoses (e.g., electronic medical records), there are few satisfying strategies. Usually, population health surveys do not provide enough diagnostic information and may not allow recruiting large enough samples to study a specific disease. Registries or clinical cohorts may exist for specific diseases, but are often not truly population-based. Recruitment from patients’ associations and physicians’ practices may also be selective. In addition, the latter is difficult to run in busy primary care clinics. Finally, the type of information and the possibility to access health insurances’ databases may preclude their use. For diseases that require treatment involving pharmacies regularly, we propose to recruit patients in community pharmacies; this has been seldom described (Knoester et al. 2005; Van...


Patients recruitment Diabetes Pharmacies roles 



We would like to thank all pharmacies, diabetic patients and practicing physicians who participated in the study. We also thank the partners and members of the working group for their collaboration. We thank Mrs. Lucienne Boujon for copy editing the manuscript. This study was funded by the Department of Public Health of the canton of Vaud. Dr. I. Peytremann-Bridevaux is supported by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation [PROSPER N° 32333B-123817 and N° 32333B-139789].

Conflict of interest

None of the authors has conflict of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julie Bordet
    • 1
  • Valérie Santschi
    • 1
  • Tinh-Hai Collet
    • 2
  • Marc Eggli
    • 3
  • Bernard Burnand
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP)Lausanne University HospitalLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Ambulatory Care and Community MedicineUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Service of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and MetabolismLausanne University HospitalLausanneSwitzerland

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