WILMINGTON, Del. -- A pharmacist at a Super G Food & Drug store here is helping produce a men's health study to test how patients respond to pharmacist intervention and recommendations. The study, which is being conducted by the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, is an extension of a pilot program currently being tested in select pharmacies across the country, according to Tom Boyle, program coordinator, National Community Pharmacists Association Men's Health Care Initiative.
The pharmacists at the test sites use the NCPA's Men's Health Risk Assessment Tool, a 12-page survey that targets male patients' risk of disease states like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and prostate cancer. The study is slated to start in the beginning of May at the Super G here and 50 other pharmacies across the country, according to Boyle.
David Wrzesniewski, pharmacist at the Wilmington Super G, said he wanted to participate in the study to have the chance to interact with patients on a different level.
"Educating people is the part of the job I enjoy," he said. "Pharmacies in supermarkets promote that we have the total package: food, prescriptions and health care, so why not promote preventative health?"
Boyle said the Alexandria, Va.-based NCPA created this initiative to address the death rates of men, who die five years younger than women on average. While women's health has been a focus of retailers before, Boyle also noted that he did not know of another preventative health program geared specifically toward men.
"Why should men be left out?" he said.
Wrzesniewski said that Super G's parent company, Giant Food, Landover, Md., takes a proactive stance on healthy living by operating osteoporosis screenings, diabetes store tours and creating the new wellness centers. He said the supermarket's other programs will help bolster the men's health study.