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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108642/the-potential-role-for-smartphones-among-older-adults-with-chronic-noncancer-pain-a-qualitative-study
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Joshua E Richardson, Jennifer I Lee, Anita Nirenberg, M Carrington Reid
: OBJECTIVE : To determine the role that smartphones may play in supporting older adults with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) in order to improve pain management in this expanding population. DESIGN:  Qualitative study. SETTING:  One academically affiliated primary care practice serving older adults with CNCP in New York City. SUBJECTS : Thirteen older adults (age 65-85 years) with CNCP on chronic opioid therapy, that is, continuous use of opioids for at least six months...
January 20, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103948/the-cost-effectiveness-of-a-patient-tailored-intervention-programme-to-enhance-adherence-to-antihypertensive-medication-in-community-pharmacies-study-protocol-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Danielle M van der Laan, Petra J M Elders, Christel C L M Boons, Judith E Bosmans, Giel Nijpels, Jacqueline G Hugtenburg
BACKGROUND: Medication non-adherence is a complex health care problem. Due to non-adherence, substantial numbers of cardiovascular patients benefit from their medication to only a limited extent. In order to improve adherence, a variety of pharmacist-led interventions have been developed. However, even the most effective interventions achieved only a modest positive effect. To be effective, interventions should be targeted at underlying barriers to adherence, developed in a systematic manner and tailored to specific features of a target group and setting...
January 19, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095408/patient-safety-incidents-involving-sick-children-in-primary-care-in-england-and-wales-a-mixed-methods-analysis
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Philippa Rees, Adrian Edwards, Colin Powell, Peter Hibbert, Huw Williams, Meredith Makeham, Ben Carter, Donna Luff, Gareth Parry, Anthony Avery, Aziz Sheikh, Liam Donaldson, Andrew Carson-Stevens
BACKGROUND: The UK performs poorly relative to other economically developed countries on numerous indicators of care quality for children. The contribution of iatrogenic harm to these outcomes is unclear. As primary care is the first point of healthcare contact for most children, we sought to investigate the safety of care provided to children in this setting. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We undertook a mixed methods investigation of reports of primary care patient safety incidents involving sick children from England and Wales' National Reporting and Learning System between 1 January 2005 and 1 December 2013...
January 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095068/impact-of-telepharmacy-services-as-a-way-to-increase-access-to-asthma-care
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Wendy Brown, David Scott, Daniel Friesner, Tara Schmitz
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that real-time, telepharmacy-based asthma educational services are feasible and support the efforts of local primary care prescribers to improve patient outcomes. METHODS: The lead investigator [a pharmacist, physician assistant and certified asthma educator] identified an independent community pharmacy with telehealth capabilities in a rural area with a high prevalence of asthma. Working with the pharmacy, an asthma education program was developed based on the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089788/cardiovascular-disease-risk-assessment-in-australian-community-pharmacy
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Kevin P Mc Namara, Gregory M Peterson, Josie Hughes, Ines Krass, Vincent Versace, Robyn A Clark, James Dunbar
BACKGROUND: Population screening and monitoring of cardiovascular risk is suboptimal in Australian primary care. The role of community pharmacy has increased considerably, but without any policy framework for development. The aim of this study was to explore the nature of community pharmacy-based screening models in Australia, capacity to increase delivery of pharmacy screening, and barriers and enablers to increasing capacity. METHODS: An online survey weblink was emailed to pharmacy managers at every quality-accredited pharmacy in Australia by the Quality Pharmacy Care Program...
November 30, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089522/the-impact-of-medication-synchronization-on-quality-care-criteria-in-an-independent-community-pharmacy
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Jessica L Hinson, Gretchen K Garofoli, Betsy M Elswick
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of a comprehensive medication synchronization program in an independent community pharmacy by (1) evaluating changes in Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuIPP) scores and (2) examining the change in monthly prescription volume. SETTING: Independent community pharmacy in Morgantown, WV. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Waterfront Family Pharmacy is a single-location independent community pharmacy located in Morgantown, WV...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086976/impact-of-a-tailored-program-on-the-implementation-of-evidence-based-recommendations-for-multimorbid-patients-with-polypharmacy-in-primary-care-practices-results-of-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Cornelia Jäger, Tobias Freund, Jost Steinhäuser, Christian Stock, Johannes Krisam, Petra Kaufmann-Kolle, Michel Wensing, Joachim Szecsenyi
BACKGROUND: Multimorbid patients receiving polypharmacy represent a growing population at high risk for negative health outcomes. Tailoring is an approach of systematic intervention development taking account of previously identified determinants of practice. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a tailored program to improve the implementation of three important processes of care for this patient group: (a) structured medication counseling including brown bag reviews, (b) the use of medication lists, and (c) structured medication reviews to reduce potentially inappropriate medication...
January 13, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076669/medication-discrepancies-at-outpatient-departments-for-mood-and-anxiety-disorders-in-the-netherlands-risks-and-clinical-relevance
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Mirjam Simoons, Hans Mulder, Arne J Risselada, Frederik W Wilmink, Robert Schoevers, Henricus G Ruhé, Eric N van Roon
OBJECTIVE: To identify discrepancies between actual drug use by outpatients with mood and anxiety disorders and medication overviews from health care providers as well as to investigate the clinical relevance of those discrepancies. METHODS: A cross-sectional study in adults visiting 1 of 4 participating outpatient departments for mood and anxiety disorders was conducted between March and November 2014. DSM-5 criteria were used to assign the psychiatric diagnosis...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076549/training-of-pharmacy-technicians-for-dispensing-drugs-in-primary-health-care
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Daniela Oliveira de Melo, Caroline Godoi Rezende da Costa Molino, Eliane Ribeiro, Nicolina Silvana Romano-Lieber
Few Brazilian articles discuss the importance of pharmacy technicians who offer direct assistance to patients. This paper describes an experience of the training of pharmacy technicians in drug dispensing. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in the primary healthcare setting. The technicians were trained by the pharmacist to advise patients at the time of drug dispensing and to screen cases that needed pharmaceutical consultation. Problems were identified by verifying the prescription and return date for dispensing the medication as well as through direct questioning of the patients...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076546/pharmacist-s-contribution-to-the-promotion-of-access-and-rational-use-of-essential-medicines-in-sus
#10
Daniela Oliveira de Melo, Lia Lusitana Cardozo de Castro
Objective: to describe the pharmaceutical inclusion process in a Basic Health Unit multidisciplinary team and evaluate results related to rational use and promotion of access to essential medicines. Methods: This is a descriptive, cross-sectional study conducted in a primary care health unit in the city of São Paulo. Pharmacist's activities were evaluated regarding the service structure and organization and prescribing quality improvement, guidance method creation, and implementation of clinical pharmacy service...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032381/strategies-for-delivery-of-faecal-occult-blood-test-kits-and-participation-to-colorectal-cancer-screening-in-the-emilia-romagna-region-of-italy
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S Mancini, A Ravaioli, F Falcini, O Giuliani, R Corradini, G De Girolamo, C A Goldoni, A C Finarelli, C Naldoni, P Landi, P Sassoli de Bianchi, L Bucchi
There is a lack of agreement about which routine invitation strategy should be adopted in colorectal cancer screening. We conducted an observational study to assess the impact of three invitation strategies on participation. Invitation records for the years 2005-2009 were evaluated. There were 2,234,276 invitations from 1,230,683 individuals. Among first invitations, participation associated with direct mailing of the faecal occult blood test kits was slightly lower (relative risk, RR 0.985; 95% confidence interval 0...
December 29, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996358/expanding-pharmacy-roles-and-the-interprofessional-experience-in-primary-healthcare-a-qualitative-study
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Andrea Silvaggi, Shereen Nabhani-Gebara, Scott Reeves
The pharmacist role is undergoing significant changes which are reshaping the way primary healthcare is delivered throughout England. Due to increased physician workload and focus on primary healthcare, the pharmacist role has expanded to provide enhanced patient services, integrating into general practice (GP) settings and working more closely as a member of the healthcare team. However, the experiences of pharmacists and team members are yet to be explored. The proposed study aims to explore the experiences, thoughts, and perceptions of a purposive sample of pharmacists, physicians, and nurses working in 10 GP clinics throughout the southeast of England...
January 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996115/characterizing-potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-in-older-people-in-primary-care-in-ireland-from-1997-to-2012
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Frank Moriarty, Kathleen Bennett, Caitriona Cahir, Tom Fahey
OBJECTIVES: To characterize prescribing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and medicines that increase gastrointestinal bleeding risk (ulcerogenic) in older people from 1997 to 2012 and assess factors associated with maximal-dose prescribing in long-term PPI users. DESIGN: Repeated cross-sectional study of pharmacy claims data. SETTING: Eastern Health Board region of Ireland. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older from a means-tested health plan in 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 (range 78,489-133,884 individuals)...
December 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978837/what-works-for-whom-in-pharmacist-led-smoking-cessation-support-realist-review
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Trisha Greenhalgh, Fraser Macfarlane, Liz Steed, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: New models of primary care are needed to address funding and staffing pressures. We addressed the research question "what works for whom in what circumstances in relation to the role of community pharmacies in providing lifestyle interventions to support smoking cessation?" METHODS: This is a realist review conducted according to RAMESES standards. We began with a sample of 103 papers included in a quantitative review of community pharmacy intervention trials identified through systematic searching of seven databases...
December 16, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977649/medicines-information-in-new-zealand-current-services-and-future-potential
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Chloë Campbell, Caroline Morris, Rhiannon Braund
AIM: To determine the current availability and role of medicines information services in New Zealand. METHOD: A 36-question online survey was used to collect quantitative data about four areas of medicines information service provision: structure, availability, users and governance. The pharmacy service leader of each of the 29 public hospitals was invited by e-mail to participate. If considered appropriate, another member of the pharmacy staff could be nominated to complete the survey on their behalf...
December 16, 2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965776/a-qualitative-evaluation-of-the-implementation-of-guidelines-and-a-support-tool-for-asthma-management-in-primary-care
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Kim Watkins, Colleen Fisher, Jila Misaghian, Carl R Schneider, Rhonda Clifford
BACKGROUND: Asthma management in Australia is suboptimal. The "Guidelines for provision of a Pharmacist Only medicine: short acting beta agonists" (SABA guidelines) and a novel West Australian "Asthma Action Plan card" (AAP card) were concurrently developed to improve asthma management. The aim of this qualitative research was to evaluate the collaborative, multidisciplinary and multifaceted implementation of these asthma resources and identify the lessons learnt to inform future initiatives...
2016: Asthma research and practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964925/who-really-manages-our-patients-medications-a-study-of-inner-city-adults-over-40-years-of-age
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Madhavi Gavini, Eve S Faber, Andrea Birnbaum, Richard Sadovsky
OBJECTIVES: Primarily to determine how many of our adult patients receive significant assistance from another individual with medication management. Secondarily, to determine if the number of prescribed medications can be predictors of whether the patient receives significant assistance with medication management. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey study. SETTING: A level 3 patient-centered medical home family practice clinic in an inner city university hospital in Brooklyn, New York...
December 10, 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943349/problems-with-continuity-of-care-identified-by-community-pharmacists-post-discharge
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H T Ensing, E S Koster, P I van Berkel, A A van Dooren, M L Bouvy
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Medication discrepancies are common at hospital discharge, and medication reconciliation is widely endorsed as a preventive strategy. However, implementation is difficult for instance due to the unreliability of patients medication histories. In the Netherlands, community pharmacies are well-informed about their patients' pre-admission medication status which enables thorough post-discharge reconciliation. Our aim was to study the frequency and nature of medication discrepancies, missing patient's knowledge and administrative problems at admission to primary care...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939338/clinical-characteristics-health-care-utilization-and-costs-among-men-with-primary-or-secondary-hypogonadism-in-a-us-commercially-insured-population
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Michael Grabner, Amit Bodhani, Nikhil Khandelwal, Swetha Palli, Nicole Bonine, Mohit Khera
INTRODUCTION: Hypogonadism is broadly associated with increases in chronic comorbid conditions and health care costs. Little is known about the specific impact of primary and secondary hypogonadism on health care costs. AIM: To characterize the health care cost and utilization burden of primary and secondary hypogonadism in a population of US men with commercial insurance. METHODS: Newly diagnosed patients with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes associated with specific medical conditions known to have a high prevalence of testosterone deficiency (ie, relating to primary or secondary hypogonadism) or who had fills for testosterone replacement therapy from January 1, 2007 through April 30, 2013 were identified in administrative claims data from the HealthCore Integrated Research Database...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932781/influenza-vaccination-coverage-during-pregnancy-selected-sites-united-states-2005-06-through-2013-14-influenza-vaccine-seasons
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Stephen Kerr, Carla M Van Bennekom, Allen A Mitchell
Seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women because of their increased risk for influenza-associated complications. In addition, receipt of influenza vaccine by women during pregnancy has been shown to protect their infants for several months after birth (1). As part of its case-control surveillance study of medications and birth defects, the Birth Defects Study of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University has recorded data on vaccinations received during pregnancy since the 2005-06 influenza vaccination season...
December 9, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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