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International Journal of Pharmacy Practice

Lauren J Corre, Elizabeth Hotham, Jacquie Tsimbinos, Ian Todd, Greg Scarlett, Vijayaprakash Suppiah
OBJECTIVE: To identify patterns of medication load, client's care team, coordination of healthcare and clients' understanding of their medications. METHODS: Face-to-face interviews were conducted with community-dwelling older Australians between June and August 2017 in three community pharmacies in Adelaide, South Australia. KEY FINDINGS: Forty interviews were conducted. On average, participants were taking 7.53 medicines with 77.5% using five or more regularly...
June 29, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Ricarda Micallef, Jaspal Singh Grewal, Sharifah Khan, Joshua Wells, Reem Kayyali
OBJECTIVES: The Healthy Living Pharmacy framework, introduced in England in 2008, provides a tailored approach to the implementation of pharmacy services locally, facilitated by qualified 'Health Champions' (HCs). The study aimed to evaluate the perceived value of the 1-day level 2 HC training by assessing knowledge and confidence of HC pre- and post-training, and changes in practice. The views of additional stakeholders on factors that either obstructed or facilitated pharmacy engagement are also explored...
June 27, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Aleksandra Milosavljevic, Trudi Aspden, Jeff Harrison
INTRODUCTION: Medication adherence can be defined as the extent to which one's medication-taking behaviour follows that mutually agreed upon by the prescribing physician. Optimal medication adherence is often deemed crucial for the success of a patient's treatment, as suboptimal adherence may lead to treatment failure and unnecessary medical expenditure. Increasing evidence has highlighted the positive contribution community pharmacist-led interventions can have on improving patients' adherence and health outcomes...
June 21, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Kirsty Killick, Leah Macaden, Annetta Smith, Thilo Kroll, Kathleen Stoddart, Margaret C Watson
OBJECTIVES: This scoping review collated evidence of the pharmaceutical care needs of people with sensory loss (SL). METHODS: Electronic databases were searched with no limit on year of publication: Medline (1946); Embase; Cinahl (1979); and Web of Science (1985). Search terms included the following: pharmacy; sight/hearing/dual impairment. Studies were included if they involved people with SL requiring pharmaceutical care and/or pharmacists/pharmacy support staff providing pharmaceutical care for people with SL...
June 19, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Paul Dillon, Susan M Smith, Paul Gallagher, Gráinne Cousins
INTRODUCTION: Community pharmacy is an ideal setting to monitor medication adherence, however, barriers to pharmacist-led interventions exist. Preparing future pharmacists for enhanced roles may overcome such barriers. Our objective was to identify medication monitoring attitudes and contextual factors that influence adherence monitoring by pharmacy interns to inform educational activities on medication adherence. METHODS: An online factorial survey of all pharmacy interns (N = 123) in the Republic of Ireland, completing advanced community pharmacy experiential learning in May 2016 was undertaken to evaluate attitudes to medication monitoring and to identify respondent characteristics and contextual factors which influence adherence monitoring of older hypertensive adults during repeat dispensing...
June 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Adji P Setiadi, Yosi Wibowo, Eko Setiawan, Bobby Presley, Ika Mulyono, Ari S Wardhani, Bruce Sunderland
OBJECTIVE: To explore pharmacist/pharmacy staff trainers' perspectives on conducting community-based training to promote responsible self-medication, and to evaluate knowledge gained among community representatives participating in the training. METHODS: Training was conducted in four districts/cities in East Java, Indonesia in 2016. A pre-test/post-test study was used to evaluate the knowledge of 129 community representatives (participants) before/after the training; pre-test and post-test scores as well as absolute gain were determined...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Esther Salgueiro, Cristina Gurruchaga, Francisco J Jimeno, Cristina Martínez-Múgica, Luis H Martín Arias, Gloria Manso
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to analyse the perceptions of the public on medicine information and safety and on consumer reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADR). METHODS: A voluntary survey was conducted in a population ≥18 years of age in Asturias, a region in northern Spain. The survey was designed to be completed in a face-to-face street interview or completed independently by the public. The survey consisted of structured questions organised in four sections: (1) demographic data, (2) use of medicines, (3) reading and understanding of the patient information leaflet (PIL) and (4) awareness and perception about consumer reporting of ADR...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Nikola Nikolić
OBJECTIVES: This study explored the accuracy of medicines-related information (MRI) held by healthcare service providers in a hostel for homeless men with a mental illness. METHODS: Fifteen residents' records were screened for MRI on medical history, allergy status and treatment, using all available sources. KEY FINDINGS: There was a significant difference in the number of prescribed psychotropics amongst different services. Twenty-three discrepancies (n = 90) were due to different doses, and 63 discrepancies were omissions...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Philip Crilly, Sophia Jair, Zahra Mahmood, Armineh Moin Khan, Aneesah Munir, Irene Osei-Bediako, Mustafa Samir, Reem Kayyali
OBJECTIVES: Investigating public perceptions of community pharmacists (CP) in public health and their use of social media (SM) and mobile health applications (MH apps) in that regard. METHODS: Two surveys were created. One sought public perceptions of SM and the other of MH apps for health advice. Both included a section on perceptions of the role of CPs in public health. A convenience sampling strategy, based on proximity, was used.The study population was the public (n = 8 500 000) living in Greater London...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Sara S McMillan, Michelle A King, Helen Stapleton, Adem Sav, Fiona Kelly, Amanda J Wheeler
OBJECTIVES: Unpaid carers have many and varied responsibilities in society, which can include medication management for the person they support. However, the potential for Australian community pharmacies to better assist carers is relatively unexplored. This mixed-methods study investigated the acceptability of a local carer support service by trained community pharmacy staff, including issues regarding the implementation and impact of this service. METHODS: Staff from 11 community pharmacies in South East Queensland, Australia, were trained to deliver a six-step carer support service between September 2016 and March 2017...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Marita Zimmermann, Blythe Adamson, Tracy Lam-Hine, Timothy Rennie, Andy Stergachis
OBJECTIVE: In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), limited availability, substandard quality and high prices of pharmaceutical products lead to lack of access to essential medicines and poor health outcomes. Manufacturing pharmaceuticals in LMICs may improve access for patients while increasing the market size for manufacturers. METHODS: We present a tool for assessment of local manufacturing feasibility of pharmaceuticals, intended for use among key stakeholders during the business development process...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Miranda G Law, Prosper Maposa, Elias Chambula, David R Steeb, Stephen F Eckel, Gregory Duncan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the knowledge, attitudes and practice of final-year student pharmacists about public health. METHODS: Knowledge, attitudes and practice of all final-year student pharmacists (N = 158) in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe were assessed through a quantitative 12-item survey. The survey assessed personal interest and attitude towards public health activities, self-assessed ability to perform basic public health activities, perspectives towards current pharmacist practices within public health activities in their country, and student involvement in public health activities during pharmacy school...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Meagen Rosenthal, Lori M Ward, Jason Teng, Seena Haines
OBJECTIVES: To complete a scoping review of studies of community pharmacy-delivered weight and obesity management services from January 2010 to March 2017. METHODS: A scoping review was conducted to obtain an overview of research related to the study objective. The PubMed, EBSCO and CINAHL databases were searched from January 2010 to March 2017 for articles examining obesity/weight management in community pharmacies. Included studies had to contain an obesity/weight management programme delivered primarily by community pharmacies...
May 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Rixiang Xu, Xuefeng Xie, Shuting Li, Xiaoyu Chen, Sheng Wang, Chengyang Hu, Xiongwen Lv
OBJECTIVE: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were performed to understand the effectiveness of medication adherence (MA) interventions among Chinese patients with hypertension. METHODS: A literature search was conducted with three English databases (PubMed, Web of Science and Embase) and three Chinese databases (China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang and VIP Database for Chinese Technical Periodicals) for the period from 1970 to October 2017...
April 25, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Amaia Malet-Larrea, Leire Arbillaga, Miguel Á Gastelurrutia, Belén Larrañaga, Ángel Garay, Shalom I Benrimoj, Ainhoa Oñatibia-Astibia, Estíbaliz Goyenechea
INTRODUCTION: The Global Network of Age-friendly Cities is a project promoted by the World Health Organization as a response to demographic ageing and urbanization process. San Sebastian, Spain, is one of these Age-friendly Cities and community pharmacies of the city joined the initiative. OBJECTIVE: To define and implement the Age-friendly Pharmacy concept to promote active ageing, optimize the contribution of community pharmacies of San Sebastian to the friendliness of the city and to the improvement of quality of life of the ageing population...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Natalia Shcherbakova
OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation of 'Pharmaceutical Industry in a Global Context' elective in a 4-year US pharmacy programme. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire regarding student experiences with the course content and intention to pursue pharmaceutical industry summer internships and/or postgraduation fellowships was distributed to students at the end of the course. KEY FINDINGS: Fifty per cent of the students (n = 13) reported intention to apply for a pharmaceutical industry summer internships and/or industry fellowship postgraduation...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Tove Hedenrud, Karolina Andersson Sundell, Johan Martinsson, Helle Håkonsen
OBJECTIVES: To analyse attitudes towards sales and use of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the Swedish adult population. METHODS: Data were collected through the web-based Citizen Panel comprising 21 000 Swedes. A stratified sample of 4058 participants was emailed a survey invitation. Questions concerned use of OTC drugs, and attitudes towards sales and use of OTC drugs. Correlations between the attitudinal statements were assessed using Spearman's rank correlation...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Judith A Singleton, Esther T L Lau, Lisa M Nissen
OBJECTIVE/S: The aim of this study was to explore Queensland hospital pharmacists' and pharmacy technicians' knowledge and understanding of the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment and the handling of pharmaceutical waste. METHODS: This study followed a mixed methods research design. Purposive sampling techniques were used to recruit 64 hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in five public and private hospitals, in metropolitan and regional Queensland, Australia...
August 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Elfi De Weerdt, Steven Simoens, Minne Casteels, Isabelle Huys
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August 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Kate Massey
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June 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
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