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International Journal of Pharmacy Practice

Katherine Boutin, William Nevers, Sean K Gorman, Richard S Slavik, Daniel J Martinusen, Clifford Lo
OBJECTIVE: To develop a list of renal Quality Indicator Drug therapy problems (QI-DTPs) that serve to advance renal pharmacy practice to improve patient care. METHODS: Eighteen (18) renal, clinical pharmacists participated in an internet-based three-round modified Delphi survey. Each of the three rounds took approximately 2 weeks to complete. Panellists rated 30-candidate renal QI-DTPs using seven selection criteria and one overall consensus criterion on a nine-point Likert scale...
September 12, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Mohammed I Aladul, Raymond W Fitzpatrick, Stephen R Chapman
OBJECTIVES: To investigate knowledge and attitudes of different healthcare professionals in UK towards infliximab and insulin glargine biosimilars METHODS: UK medical consultants/registrars, nurses and pharmacists participated in anonymised, self-administered web-based survey distributed by professional associations. KEY FINDINGS: There were 234 respondents: medical consultants/registrars (150), nurses (58) and pharmacists (26). 76% of medical consultants/registrars, 84% of pharmacists and 53% of nurses understood what biosimilars were...
August 30, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Tien Ngoc Thi Bui, Sharon Goldsworthy, Elizabeth Hotham
OBJECTIVE: To improve an adherence documentation tool utilised by Australian Clinical Pharmacists in hospitals. METHOD: Surveys and a focus group session were methods employed to study the perceptions of clinical pharmacists and medical officers on the 'Medication Management Plan (MedMAP)' as an adherence documentation tool and the perceived limitations, if any, of the form. KEY FINDINGS: The MedMAP had limitations which could potentially affect patient care in hospitals...
August 24, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Adam P Rathbone, Tahmina Rokib, Wasim Baqir, David Campbell
OBJECTIVES: To explore the experiences of primary care-based professional stakeholders in a dual-sector training programme for foundation pharmacists. METHODS: Professional stakeholders were defined as foundation pharmacists or members of staff working with foundation pharmacists such as general medical or nurse practitioners and administrative staff. Stakeholders were invited to participate via email and through gatekeepers. Participants were asked how they were involved in the training pathway, what their experiences had been and what they hoped for the future...
August 8, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Jessica Hardisty, Kathryn Davison, Louise Statham, Gail Fleming, Lynne Bollington, Simon Maxwell
OBJECTIVES: (i) To provide a preliminary indication of the performance of pharmacy undergraduate students and pre-registration pharmacy trainees in the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA). (ii) To determine the feasibility of administering and delivering the PSA in schools of pharmacy. (iii) To examine the potential relevance of the PSA and associated training materials to pharmacy education. (iv) To assess the attitudes of the cohort towards the PSA and their readiness to prescribe. METHODS: Four schools of pharmacy in England recruited final year undergraduate pharmacy students and pre-registration pharmacy trainees undertaking training with both hospital and community pharmacy employers in their locality to undertake the PSA...
August 8, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Lindsay Dryden, Norman F Dewhurst
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and cost implications generated by a newly integrated ED pharmacist in a Canadian urban, university-affiliated tertiary care hospital. METHODS: A pharmacist documented all interventions that took place over a 5-week period. Interventions were assessed by a review panel for clinical significance and probability of harm had the intervention not occurred. Direct medication cost and cost avoidance as a result of interventions were calculated...
August 6, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Kebede Beyene, Trudi Aspden, Janie Sheridan
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of and factors predicting future prescription medicine sharing behaviours among adults in New Zealand (NZ). The prevalence and predictors of having leftover medicines at home and the relationship between medicine storing and sharing practices were also explored. METHODS: An online, self-administered survey of a convenience sample of NZ adults was conducted. Logistic regression analysis was used to examine the association between explanatory and outcome variables...
July 30, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Christian E L Jones, Laura McEwen-Smith, Liz Fidler, Ellen I Schafheutle
OBJECTIVES: To establish whether undertaking cross-sector pharmacy apprenticeship training to become a pharmacy assistant equally split across the two main pharmacy sectors improves training experience and cross-sector understanding. METHODS: A mixed method approach was utilised to explore the experiences of 10 pharmacy apprentices, their employers and education provider. Questionnaires were used to explore apprentices' experiences and views following each 6-month placement...
July 25, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Waleed M Sweileh, Samah W Al-Jabi, Sa'ed H Zyoud, Nasr Y Shraim, Fathi M A Anayah, Ansam F Sawalha, Adham S AbuTaha
OBJECTIVES: Medication non-adherence is a worldwide problem. The aim of this study was to assess the global research output, research trends and topics that shaped medication adherence research. METHODS: A bibliometric methodology was applied. Keywords related to 'medication adherence' were searched in Scopus database for all times up to 31 December 2017. Retrieved data were analyzsd, and bibliometric indicators and maps were presented. KEY FINDINGS: In total, 16 133 documents were retrieved...
July 25, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Paul Forsyth, Alison Warren, Clare Thomson, Joanne Bateman, Elizabeth Greenwood, Helen Williams, Rani Khatib, Rocco Hadland, Steve McGlynn, Nazish Khan, Catherine Duggan, Janine Beezer
OBJECTIVES: Heart failure is an escalating 'pandemic' with malignant outcomes. Clinical pharmacist heart failure services have been developing for the past two decades. However, little clarity is available on the additional advanced knowledge, skills and experience needed for pharmacists to practice safely and competently. We aimed to provide an expert consensus on the minimum competencies necessary for clinical pharmacists to deliver appropriate care to patients with heart failure. METHODS: There were four methodological parts; (1) establishing a project group from experts in the field; (2) review of the literature, including existing pharmacy competency frameworks in other specialities and previous heart failure curricula from other professions; (3) consensus building, including developing, reviewing and adapting the contents of the framework; and (4) write-up and dissemination to widen the impact of the project...
July 20, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Shane P Desselle, Ryan Hoh, Charlotte Rossing, Erin R Holmes, Amanpreet Gill, Lemuel Zamora
OBJECTIVES: Pharmacy workforce support personnel are being accorded greater scopes of practice, especially Danish pharmaconomists [pharmacy technician, experts in pharmaceuticals with a 3-year degree]. The aims of this study were to assess pharmaconomists' caring behaviours and identify factors related to those behaviours. METHODS: A self-administered survey was distributed to a random sample of pharmaconomists in Denmark. The survey assessed caring behaviours using the Caring Behaviours Assessment and acquired data to ascertain their employers' culture, respondent's need for achievement, personality traits, commitment and work-related characteristics...
July 18, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
William E Rudgard, Christine A Hirsch, Anthony R Cox
OBJECTIVE: To explore amateur endurance athletes' use and views about non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). METHODS: An online cross-sectional survey of amateur athletes at four athletic clubs. KEY FINDINGS: Of a sample of 129 of amateur athletes, 68% (n = 88) reported using NSAIDs in the previous 12 months (84.4% in triathletes, 70.9% in runners and 52.5% in cyclists). Overall, ibuprofen was the most popular drug (n = 48). There was a lack of knowledge of adverse drug reactions, with only 26% of use advised by a doctor or pharmacist...
July 18, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Aaron Drovandi, Peta-Ann Teague, Beverley Glass, Bunmi Malau-Aduli
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify the experiences of Australian community pharmacists with smokers and their associated perceptions of effective health warnings on individual cigarette sticks. METHODS: A mixed-methods online survey was distributed to Australian pharmacists through pharmacy-specific social media pages, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, followed by semi-structured face-to-face interviews with pharmacists in Townsville, Australia, who were purposively sampled...
July 18, 2018: 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
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
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...
August 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...
August 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Minyon L Avent, Jasmina Fejzic, Mieke L van Driel
OBJECTIVES: Various strategies have been implemented in primary care to address the inappropriate use of antibiotics, with varying degrees of success. One such intervention is delayed or 'wait and see' prescribing, where the prescriber indicates to wait a few days before dispensing the antibiotic. The aim of this study was to explore community pharmacists' perceptions and practice experiences with delayed antibiotic prescribing. METHODS: An online survey was advertised in two professional pharmacy organisations' e-newsletters for community and internship pharmacists in Queensland, Australia, from January to April 2016...
August 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
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