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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315116/evaluating-the-prevalence-of-potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-in-older-adults-in-intermediate-care-facilities-a-cross-sectional-observational-study
#1
Anna Millar, Carmel Hughes, Cristín Ryan
Background Potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) [encompassing potentially inappropriate medicines (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs)], is prevalent amongst older adults in primary and secondary care. However, PIP prevalence in intermediate care (IC) is unknown. Objective To determine the prevalence of PIMs/PPOs and associated patient factors. Setting Three IC facilities in Northern Ireland. Method The Screening Tool of Older People's Prescriptions and the Screening Tool to Alert doctors to Right Treatment were used to identify PIP over 8 weeks...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315115/interprofessional-communication-between-community-pharmacists-and-general-practitioners-a-qualitative-study
#2
Marina Weissenborn, Walter E Haefeli, Frank Peters-Klimm, Hanna M Seidling
Background While collaboration between community pharmacists (CPs) and general practitioners (GPs) is essential to provide comprehensive patient care, their communication often is scarce and hampered by multiple barriers. Objective We aimed to assess both professions' perceptions of interprofessional communication with regard to content and methods of communication as a basis to subsequently develop best-practice recommendations for information exchange. Setting Ambulatory care setting in Germany. Method CPs and GPs shared their experience in focus groups and in-depth interviews which were conducted using a semi-structured interview guideline...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299527/do-pharmacists-use-social-media-for-patient-care
#3
Arcelio Benetoli, Timothy F Chen, Marion Schaefer, Betty Chaar, Parisa Aslani
Background Social media are frequently used by consumers and healthcare professionals. However, it is not clear how pharmacists use social media as part of their daily professional practice. Objective This study investigated the role social media play in pharmacy practice, particularly in patient care and how pharmacists interact online with patients and laypeople. Setting Face-to-face, telephone, or Skype interviews with practising pharmacists (n = 31) from nine countries. Method In-depth semi-structured interviews; audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and thematically analysed...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293768/the-utility-of-a-medical-admissions-pharmacist-in-a-hospital-in-australia
#4
Sally B Marotti, Rachael May Theng Cheh, Anne Ponniah, Helen Phuong
Background Medication-related hospital admissions in Australia have previously been estimated to account for approximately 3% of all hospital admissions, with hospital entry points being a point of vulnerability. The timely medication review and reconciliation by a pharmacist at the early stage of an admission for patients admitted to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) would be beneficial. Setting The Emergency Department (ED) and AMU in a 300 bed tertiary teaching hospital, in South Australia. Objective To investigate the impact of a Medical Admissions (MA) pharmacist on the proportion of AMU patients who receive a complete and accurate medication history by a pharmacist prior to admission and within 4 h of presentation...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285390/improving-communication-of-medication-changes-using-a-pharmacist-prepared-discharge-medication-management-summary
#5
Choon Ean Ooi, Olivia Rofe, Michelle Vienet, Rohan A Elliott
Background Discontinuity of care between hospital and primary care is often due to poor information transfer. Medication information in medical discharge summaries (DS) is often incomplete or incorrect. The effectiveness and feasibility of hospital pharmacists communicating medication information, including changes made in the hospital, is not clearly defined. Objective To explore the impact of a pharmacist-prepared Discharge Medication Management Summary (DMMS) on the accuracy of information about medication changes provided to patients' general practitioners (GPs)...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281228/development-of-a-risk-score-for-qtc-prolongation-the-risq-path-study
#6
Eline Vandael, Bert Vandenberk, Joris Vandenberghe, Isabel Spriet, Rik Willems, Veerle Foulon
Background More than 170 drugs are linked with QTc-prolongation, which in extreme cases can lead to Torsade de Pointes. Monitoring of this potential side effect is an important challenge in clinical practice. Objective To investigate the risk of QTc-prolongation in hospital patients who started a QTc-prolonging drug, and to develop a risk score to identify patients at high/low risk for QTc-prolongation. Setting University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. Method All patients starting with haloperidol or a QTc-prolonging antibiotic/antimycotic were eligible for this observational study...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281227/patient-preferences-regarding-atrial-fibrillation-stroke-prophylaxis-in-patients-at-potential-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
#7
Nicholas T Edwards, Erica D Greanya, I Fan Kuo, Peter S Loewen, Celia L Culley
Background With an increasing number of options for atrial fibrillation (AF) stroke prophylaxis, there are several medication-related factors to consider. This study aimed to gain a better understanding of which preference factors influence patient decisions when selecting AF stroke prophylaxis. Objective To determine the factors that influence patient stroke prophylaxis decisions and preferred therapeutic options. Methods A questionnaire about AF stroke prophylaxis medication options was distributed to participants at risk of AF...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281226/polypharmacotherapy-and-blood-products-as-risk-factors-for-venous-thromboembolism-in-postsurgical-patients-a-case-control-study
#8
Alenka Premuš Marušič, Daniel Petrovič, Aleš Mrhar, Igor Locatelli
Background After surgical procedures, patients are at high risk of developing venous thromboembolism, clinically manifested as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). Objective To evaluate the influence of polypharmacotherapy, comorbidity, drug treatments, packed red blood cells application, adequacy of thromboprophylaxis, and patient characteristics on the occurrence of DVT or PE in postsurgical patients. Setting The surgical department at Murska Sobota General Hospital, Slovenia. Methods In this retrospective case control study, the records of 286 surgical patients were analysed: DVT or PE group (n = 144) and control group (n = 142)...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281225/difficulties-in-swallowing-oral-medications-in-jordan
#9
Linda Tahaineh, Mayyada Wazaify
Background Difficulties swallowing oral medications can affect patient compliance and consequently can compromise patient health. Objective To investigate the prevalence of difficulties in swallowing oral medications among a sample of the Jordanian population and the techniques used to overcome such difficulties. Setting The study was carried out in outpatient pharmacies in the north of Jordan. Method Adult patients who were taking at least one solid oral dosage form for at least 1 month were interviewed using a questionnaire...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260131/a-cross-sectional-survey-on-the-attitudes-and-interests-of-rural-population-towards-expanded-pharmacist-prescribing-in-india
#10
Muhammad Umair Khan, Mohammad Arief, Akram Ahmad, Sadiqa Malik, Lakhya Jyoti Gogoi, Manabendra Kalita, Fahad Saleem, Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali
Background Shortage of qualified medical doctors and little or no access to basic medicines and medical facilities are the major rural health concerns in India. Expanding the role of pharmacists to provide prescribing services could improve rural health outcomes. Objective To assess the attitudes of rural population towards pharmacist prescribing and their interest in using expanded pharmacist prescribing services. Setting Rural population of Assam, India. Methods A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was conducted for a period of 2 months from March to April 2016 in the State of Assam, India...
March 4, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255954/adherence-as-a-language-game
#11
REVIEW
Espen Skarstein Kolberg
Non-adherence, i.e. medication intake behavior not corresponding with agreed recommendations, is associated with increased morbidity and death, and it has been estimated that as many as 50% of patients in developed countries are not taking their medications as prescribed. But even as efforts in improving medication adherence over the years have increased, results are inconsistent, with only a minority of clinical trials showing any improvement in both adherence and clinical outcome. Since patient education is central to promoting good medication adherence, and language is integral to education, perhaps an exploration of the meaning and use of language, using the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, is in order...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255953/correlation-between-prescribed-daily-dose-seizure-freedom-and-defined-daily-dose-in-antiepileptic-drug-treatment
#12
László Horváth, Klára Fekete, Sándor Márton, István Fekete
Background Although defined daily doses (DDD) for antiepileptic drugs (AED) have been assigned only in combination therapy, based on the literature, most patients take them in monotherapy. Furthermore, discrepancies between DDD and prescribed daily dose (PDD) were observed. Objective First, to determine PDDs of AEDs and to reveal PDD/DDD ratio among seizure free versus not seizure free patients in everyday clinical practice. Second, to test the applicability of 75% cut-off of DDD to achieve seizure freedom...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251442/documentation-of-pharmaceutical-care-development-of-an-intervention-oriented-classification-system
#13
Karen A Maes, Sophia Bruch, Kurt E Hersberger, Markus L Lampert
Background A standardised classification system of pharmaceutical interventions (PI) is in use in several Swiss hospitals, whereas none exists for community pharmacies to date. To promote information exchange between both settings, a compatible structure of the classification system is needed. Objective To develop an intervention oriented classification system for community pharmacies named PharmDISC based on the hospital system; to test it on interrater reliability, appropriateness, interpretability, and face and content validity; to assess pharmacists' opinions...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238102/prevalence-of-drug-interactions-in-elderly-patients-with-multimorbidity-in-primary-care
#14
Susana Sánchez-Fidalgo, Maria Isabel Guzmán-Ramos, Mercedes Galván-Banqueri, Máximo Bernabeu-Wittel, Bernardo Santos-Ramos
Background Drug interactions (DIs) are a significant cause of medication-related problems. The aging population, high chronic diseases prevalence and polypharmacy are closely associated factors. Aim of the review To study the prevalence, types and associated factors of DIs in multimorbidity patients of over 65 years of age in primary care. Methods Relevant studies on DI prevalence in this population were reviewed in PubMed, Cochrane Library and EMBASE (January 2000-December 2015). Independent variables (duration, target population, age, sex, mean of drugs and diseases, geographical localization, DI databases used and study designs) and dependent variables (prevalence, number of DIs per 100 patients and per patient, number of clinically-relevant DIs per 100 patients, most common DI and associated factors) were classified for each article...
February 25, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238101/pilot-study-in-a-rental-retirement-village-of-an-adherencecheck-on-the-management-of-medicines-by-the-older-aged
#15
Sheila A Doggrell
Background The older-aged living in a low socioeconomic, rental, retirement village have a low adherence to medicines and a poor understanding of their illnesses. MedsChecks are commonly used in Australian pharmacies in an attempt to improve the management of medicines. There is no published evidence that MedsChecks, or similar brief/single, interventions improve the management of medicines in the older-aged. Objective The objective of our study was to determine the effect of an AdherenceCheck, which is similar to a MedsCheck, but is performed in the home of the older-aged, had on the ongoing management of medicines by the older-aged living independently...
February 25, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205064/appropriateness-of-surgical-antibiotic-prophylaxis-for-breast-surgery-procedures
#16
Smeem Jaber, Crystal Rogers, Bruce Sunderland, Richard Parsons, Sarah MacKenzie, Jason Seet, Petra Czarniak
Background Guidelines for the appropriate use of antibiotic prophylaxis are provided in the Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotics (eTG) in Australia. Inappropriate use of antibiotics is problematic. Objective To examine adherence with therapeutic guidelines (eTG) in breast surgery and trends in non-adherence dependent on the type of breast surgery performed. Setting Major Western Australian teaching hospital. Method A retrospective cross-sectional study reviewed a random sample of 150 from 1049 eligible medical records of patients who underwent a breast surgical procedure in 2013 or 2014...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188510/medication-use-and-risk-of-falls-among-nursing-home-residents-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#17
Andrea Bor, Mária Matuz, Márta Csatordai, Gábor Szalai, András Bálint, Ria Benkő, Gyöngyvér Soós, Péter Doró
Background Geriatric falls are leading causes of hospital trauma admissions and injury-related deaths. Medication use is a crucial element among extrinsic risk factors for falls. To reduce fall risk and the prevalence of adverse drug reactions, potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) lists are widely used. Objective Our aim was to investigate the possible predictors of geriatric falls annualized over a 5-year-long period, as well as to evaluate the medication use of nursing home residents. Setting Nursing home residents were recruited from the same institution between 2010 and 2015 in Szeged, Hungary...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188509/anticoagulation-in-atrial-fibrillation-noac-prescribing-in-primary-health-care
#18
Carla Bastida, Núria Corominas, José Miguel Sotoca, Marina Rovira
Background Few studies assess the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in daily practice for the prevention of thromboembolic complications associated to nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Objectives Describe NOACs' use and analyze its prescribing pattern. Evaluate possible factors associated to adverse events (AEs) and the applicability of prescription support forms. Methods We included patients with AF treated with a NOAC during 2014 in three primary healthcare centers in Barcelona, Spain...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188508/potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-and-associated-factors-in-elderly-patients-at-hospital-discharge-in-brazil-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Ana Luiza Pereira Moreira Mori, Renata Cunha Carvalho, Patricia Melo Aguiar, Maria Goretti Farias de Lima, Magali da Silva Pacheco Nobre Rossi, José Fernando Salvador Carrillo, Egídio Lima Dórea, Sílvia Storpirtis
Background The Screening Tool of Older Persons' Prescriptions/Screening Tool to Alert doctors to Right Treatment (STOPP/START) criteria is used to identify instances of potentially inappropriate prescribing in a patient's medication regimen. Objective To determine the prevalence and predictors of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs) among elderly patients at hospital discharge. Setting A university hospital medical clinic in Brazil. Method Discharge prescriptions were examined using the STOPP/START criteria...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188507/early-recognition-of-coeliac-disease-through-community-pharmacies-a-proof-of-concept-study
#20
LETTER
Heidi Urwin, David Wright, Michael Twigg, Norma McGough
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February 10, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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