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International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795285/polypharmacy-and-potential-drug-drug-interactions-in-emergency-department-patients-in-the-caribbean
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Darren Dookeeram, Satesh Bidaisee, Joanne F Paul, Paula Nunes, Paula Robertson, Vidya Ramcharitar Maharaj, Ian Sammy
Background Potential Drug-Drug Interactions (DDI) account for many emergency department visits. Polypharmacy, as well as herbal, over-the-counter (OTC) and combination medication may compound this, but these problems are not well researched in low-and-middle-income countries. Objective To compare the incidence of drug-drug interactions and polypharmacy in older and younger patients attending the Emergency Department (ED). Setting The adult ED of a tertiary teaching hospital in Trinidad. Methods A 4 month cross sectional study was conducted, comparing potential DDI in older and younger patients discharged from the ED, as defined using Micromedex 2...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791494/adherence-with-perindopril-therapy-a-pilot-study-using-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-perindoprilat-and-an-evaluation-of-the-clearance-estimation
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Martin Šíma, Martin Vodička, Věra Marešová, Tomáš Šálek, Radomír Čabala, Ondřej Slanař
Background Although measurement of drug serum levels is an objective direct method for testing compliance, it can be distorted by "white-coat compliance" or by variations in drug elimination. Objective The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the prevalence of noncompliance with perindopril therapy in adult out-patients using pharmacokinetic simulations. The additional aim was to compare the predictive performance of two glomerular filtration rate markers-creatinine and cystatin C. Setting Department of Cardiology, Tomas Bata Regional Hospital in Zlín, Czech Republic...
August 8, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780739/levetiracetam-versus-phenytoin-for-seizure-prophylaxis-in-brain-injured-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#3
Anis Chaari, Alaa Sayed Mohamed, Karim Abdelhakim, Vipin Kauts, William Francis Casey
Background The onset of early and/or late seizures in brain injured patients is associated with worse outcome. So far, phenytoin is the most commonly used antiepileptic drug to prevent seizures in this group of patients. Objective In the current metaanalysis, we aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of phenytoin versus levetiracetam for seizure prophylaxis in brain injured patients. Methods A systematic search was conducted in PubMed and Cochrane Library Database by 2 investigators. Four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were included (295 patients)...
August 5, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756580/assessment-of-patients-knowledge-and-practices-regarding-their-medication-use-and-risks-in-lebanon
#4
Elsy Ramia, Rony M Zeenny, Souheil Hallit, Pascale Salameh
Background Patients' knowledge of their medications play a pivotal role in their disease management. Objective Assess the knowledge and practices of Lebanese outpatients regarding their own medication use and risks. Setting Four hundred and sixty community pharmacies across Lebanon. Method It was a cross-sectional study performed from March through May 2016 among Lebanese outpatients, using a self-administered questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used to calculate all participants' responses. The association between categorical variables were evaluated using Pearson χ(2) test or Fisher's exact test...
July 29, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756579/evaluation-of-effects-of-an-operational-multidisciplinary-team-on-antibiotic-use-in-the-medium-to-long-term-at-a-french-university-hospital
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Béatrice Demoré, Pauline Humbert, Emmanuelle Boschetti, Sibylle Bevilacqua, Isabelle Clerc-Urmès, Thierry May, Céline Pulcini, Nathalie Thilly
Background Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a major public health problem throughout the world. In 2006, in accordance with the national guidelines for antibiotic use, the CHRU of Nancy created an operational multidisciplinary antibiotic team at one of its sites. In 2011, a cluster-controlled trial showed that the operational multidisciplinary antibiotic team (the intervention) had a favourable short-term effect on antibiotic use and costs. Objective Our objective was to determine whether these effects continued over the medium to long term (that is, 2-7 years after creation of the operational multidisciplinary antibiotic team, 2009-2014)...
July 29, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756578/design-and-application-of-a-medication-assessment-tool-for-secondary-prevention-of-stroke
#6
Marise Gauci, Francesca Wirth, Liberato Camilleri, Lilian M Azzopardi, Anthony Serracino-Inglott
Background Optimisation of drug therapy is essential in the care of older persons and may be facilitated by application of medication assessment tools (MATs). Objective To design, psychometrically evaluate and apply an innovative MAT for secondary prevention of ischaemic stroke with particular relevance to older persons. Method Review criteria were selected from clinical practice guidelines and MAT-CVA was developed, validated and tested for reliability and feasibility. MAT-CVA was applied to 150 patients with a diagnosis of ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack admitted to a rehabilitation hospital...
July 29, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748359/analysis-of-medication-errors-at-a-large-tertiary-care-hospital-in-saudi-arabia-a-retrospective-analysis
#7
Sheraz Ali, Nourah Ibrahim Aboheimed, Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Zaagi, Dalal Salem Al-Dossari
Background Medication errors (MEs) are common in health care settings and pose a threat for the hospitalized population. Therefore, aspects of MEs were explored in a tertiary setting serving a diverse population. Objective To examine the occurrence, severity and reporting of MEs in hospitalized patients. Methods This retrospective analysis included 10,683 ME report forms that were received by the Medication Safety Unit of King Saud Medical City (KSMC) in 2015. ME outcomes were determined according to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) Index for categorizing MEs algorithm...
July 26, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744675/potentially-inappropriate-medication-at-hospital-admission-in-patients-with-palliative-care-needs
#8
Daniel Sevilla-Sánchez, Núria Molist-Brunet, Jordi Amblàs-Novellas, Joan Espaulella-Panicot, Carles Codina-Jané
Background Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) are common in older patients with polypharmacy, and are related to negative clinical results. Little information is available on the characteristics and consequences of PIMs in patients with advanced chronic conditions and palliative care needs. Objective To evaluate, for this population: (i) the prevalence of PIMs; (ii) the possible risk factors associated with its onset; and (iii) the related clinical consequences. Setting Acute-hospital care Geriatric Unit (AGU) in County of Osona, Spain...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714040/perspectives-of-pharmacy-staff-on-dispensing-subtherapeutic-doses-of-antibiotics-a-theory-informed-qualitative-study
#9
Mohamed Ezzat Khamis Amin, Amira Amine, Mohammad Shoukry Newegy
Background Injudicious dispensing of antibiotics in subtherapeutic doses is common in many developing countries. In Egypt, as in many developing countries, a few pills of common cold products are offered under the name cold group (CG). A cold group may contain one or more pills of antibiotics. A pharmacy client may obtain subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics upon direct request or as part of a CG. Objective To examine factors associated with the unwarranted dispensing of subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics in community pharmacies as part of a CG or upon direct request from patients among community pharmacy staff...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707020/escp-international-workshop-extended-responsibilities-for-pharmacists-in-the-treatment-of-acute-and-chronic-conditions-15-16-june-2017-leiden-the-netherlands
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July 13, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698975/exploring-the-impact-of-feedback-on-prescribing-error-rates-a-pilot-study
#11
Michael Lloyd, Simon David Watmough, Sarah Victoria O'Brien, Kevin Hardy, Niall Furlong
Background Prescribing errors are prevalent in hospital settings with feedback identified as one potential error reduction strategy. Hospital pharmacists work alongside prescribers at ward level and are credible facilitators of prescribing error feedback. A formalised programme of pharmacist-led prescribing error feedback was designed and implemented Objective To determine the impact of the feedback intervention on prescribing error rates. Method Prospective prescribing audits were undertaken at baseline for control (n = 11) and intervention group (n = 10) prescribers...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689305/assessment-of-drug-related-problems-in-pediatric-ward-of-zewditu-memorial-referral-hospital-addis-ababa-ethiopia
#12
Mequanent Kassa Birarra, Tigist Bacha Heye, Workineh Shibeshi
Background Although medications play a vital role in the cure, palliation, and inhibition of disease, they also expose patients to drug-related problems (DRPs). DRPs are common in hospitalized patients. Specifically, pediatrics population are easily affected by DRPs, as dynamic and kinetic behaviors of drugs in this population are usually different than  in adults. Objectives To assess the prevalence of DRPs and associated factors in a pediatric setting in Ethiopia. Setting Pediatric ward of Zewditu Memorial Referral Hospital, Addis Abbeba, Ethiopia...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685179/management-of-common-ailments-requiring-referral-in-the-pharmacy-a-mystery-shopping-intervention-study
#13
Jack Charles Collins, Carl Richard Schneider, Renee Faraj, Frances Wilson, Abilio Cesar de Almeida Neto, Rebekah Jane Moles
Background Pharmacists can play a key role in managing ailments through their primary roles of supplying over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicines and advice-giving. It must be ensured that pharmacy staff practise in an evidence-based, guideline-compliant manner. To achieve this, mystery shopping can be used as an intervention to assess and train pharmacy staff. Objective To determine if repeated student pharmacist mystery shopping with immediate feedback affected the outcome of scenarios requiring referral to a medical practitioner...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660467/influence-of-dexmedetomidine-on-cardiac-complications-in-non-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
#14
Shuan Jin, Xueyue Zhou
Background The cardiac protection of dexmedetomidine (Dex) in peri-operative period of patients with non-cardiac surgery is still controversial. Aim of the Review We aimed to evaluate the influence of Dex on cardiac complications in peri-operative period of non-cardiac surgery by using a meta-analysis. Methods PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane library and Springer databases were searched for relevant studies. Patients in the eligible studies were divided into Dex group and placebo group. Relative risk (RR) and the 95 % confidence interval (CI) were calculated to evaluate the outcomes including all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction, myocardial ischaemia, hypotension and bradycardia...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653261/future-enhanced-clinical-role-of-pharmacists-in-emergency-departments-in-england-multi-site-observational-evaluation
#15
Elizabeth Hughes, David Terry, Chi Huynh, Konstantinos Petridis, Matthew Aiello, Louis Mazard, Hirminder Ubhi, Alex Terry, Keith Wilson, Anthony Sinclair
Background There are concerns about maintaining appropriate clinical staffing levels in Emergency Departments. Pharmacists may be one possible solution. Objective To determine if Emergency Department attendees could be clinically managed by pharmacists with or without advanced clinical practice training. Setting Prospective 49 site cross-sectional observational study of patients attending Emergency Departments in England. Method Pharmacist data collectors identified patient attendance at their Emergency Department, recorded anonymized details of 400 cases and categorized each into one of four possible options: cases which could be managed by a community pharmacist; could be managed by a hospital pharmacist independent prescriber; could be managed by a hospital pharmacist independent prescriber with additional clinical training; or medical team only (unsuitable for pharmacists to manage)...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653260/contributions-of-community-pharmacists-to-patients-on-antidepressants-a-qualitative-study-among-key-informants
#16
Laurence Guillaumie, Jocelyne Moisan, Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Denis Villeneuve, Clément Beaucage, Lilianne Bordeleau, Sophie Lauzier
Background Patients with an antidepressant drug treatment (ADT) report unmet needs and a significant proportion stop their ADT prematurely. Community pharmacists can play a key role in supporting these patients. Objective To explore the perspectives of various leaders in health care about the current and potential contributions of community pharmacists to patients on ADT. Setting The province of Quebec (Canada). Method We conducted a qualitative descriptive exploratory study using interviews among leaders who were involved in health care services, pharmaceutical services, physician and pharmacist education, as well as patient and healthcare professional associations...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653259/a-medication-assessment-tool-to-evaluate-prescribers-adherence-to-evidence-based-guidelines-in-bipolar-disorder
#17
Dalal M Al-Taweel, Mohammad Alsuwaidan
Background The goal of evidence-based clinical practice has led to an increased interest in the development of tools to measure adherence to national guidelines in different diseases. This aids in detecting and measuring inappropriate prescribing to specific patient groups by using quality standards extracted from evidence-based guidelines, and ultimately provide the basis of consistent standardized prescribing. Objective To design and validate a medication assessment tool to assess prescribers' adherence to international guideline recommendations in the management of bipolar disorder (MATBD)...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643112/a-retrospective-study-of-antibiotic-de-escalation-in-patients-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-malaysia
#18
Rahela Ambaras Khan, Zoriah Aziz
Background Antibiotic de-escalation is an important strategy to conserve the effectiveness of broad-spectrum antibiotics. However, the outcome of this strategy for the treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has not been widely studied in developing countries. Objectives To evaluate the outcome on intensive care unit (ICU) mortality, 28 days mortality, and length of ICU stay among VAP patients who receive de-escalation therapy. Setting This study was conducted in an ICU of a Malaysian public hospital...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626851/counselling-pregnant-women-at-the-crossroads-of-europe-and-asia-effect-of-teratology-information-service-in-turkey
#19
Yusuf Cem Kaplan, Barış Karadaş, Gözde Küçüksolak, Bartu Ediz, Ömer Demir, Kaan Sozmen, Hedvig Nordeng
Background Previous studies from western countries demonstrated the effectiveness of Teratology Information Service (TIS) counselling in reducing the teratogenic risk perception of pregnant women. Objective To assess whether TIS counselling would be effective in reducing the teratogenic risk perception of the Turkish pregnant women. Setting A TIS (Terafar) operating in a university hospital in Turkey. Methods A cross-sectional survey study. Pregnant women with non-teratogenic medication exposures were asked to assign scores on visual analogue scales (VAS) in response to the questions aiming to measure their teratogenic risk perception...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626850/prescribing-indicators-in-primary-health-care-in-belo-horizonte-brazil-associated-factors
#20
Marina Guimarães Lima, Kátia Reis Dutra, Ursula Carolina Morais Martins
Background The prescription is one of the factors that influences rational use of medicines. The evaluation of prescribing indicators should contribute to organization of primary health care services. Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate prescribing indicators and associated factors in primary health care in the northeast health district, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Setting Twenty primary health care units in the Northeast Health District, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Method The study was cross sectional...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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