International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 203–207 | Cite as

The impact of medication-focused workshops in a diabetes educational program in jail: a pilot study

  • Susanna Davoust
  • Valerie Ghaleb
  • Sandrine Guillon
  • Valerie Amirat-Combralier
  • Christophe Bartoli
  • Guillaume HacheEmail author
Short Research Report


Background Correctional institutions have unique circumstances offering care and the opportunity to adopt healthy behaviours for populations suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes. In view of their expertise on medication, pharmacists can contribute to multidisciplinary educational health programmes in prisons. Objective To assess the effectiveness of a pharmacist led diabetes medication-related workshops. Method Pharmacists led workshops about patients’ empowerment in their treatment within the educational program. On a prospective observational study basis, the impact was assessed in terms of relevance, learning outcomes and achievement transfer using the Kirkpatrick training assessment method. Hb1Ac was measured as glycemic control outcome. Results Fifteen patients involved in the workshops showed a significant decrease in HbA1c compared to the control group (−1.18 ± 0.52 vs. +0.26 ± 0.28 %; p < 0.001). Relevance: All participants were satisfied and ready to join other sessions. Learning outcomes: (LO) Postworkshop scores were significantly improved (LO1: 4.2 ± 0.9 vs. 2.2 ± 1.4; LO2: 4.5 ± 0.9 vs. 2.6 ± 1.3; p < 0.05). Decrease in HbA1c was correlated to increase in LO2’s scores. (Y = 0.946 − 1.134X; R = −0.692; p < 0.05). Achievement transfer: Key points from all LOs were reported. In case studies, 70 % of participants adopted healthy strategies (LO3). Conclusion These results highlight the positive impact of the workshops and the additive value of pharmacists’ involvement within the educational program in jail.


Diabetes France Health educational program Prison Self-management 



We gratefully thank Dr. F.L. Johnson for critically reviewing and editing.


This quality improvement project did not receive funding from external source.

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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© Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna Davoust
    • 1
  • Valerie Ghaleb
    • 2
  • Sandrine Guillon
    • 2
  • Valerie Amirat-Combralier
    • 1
  • Christophe Bartoli
    • 2
  • Guillaume Hache
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Penitentiary Center of Marseille, PharmacyMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Penitentiary Center of Marseille, Medical UnitMarseilleFrance

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