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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233313/pharmacy-student-involvement-in-a-transition-of-care-program
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Raquel Hertig, Rina Ackerman, Brenda Zagar, Serina Tart
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cape Fear Valley Medical Center (CFVMC) implemented a Community Paramedic Program (CPP) to improve the transition of hospitalized patients to the home setting. In this program, paramedics conduct home visits for 30 days after qualifying patients are discharged. This article describes pharmacy services provided to CPP patients by fourth-year pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) that assisted with home visits. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Students were oriented to the CPP and patient interview technique was assessed through a role-play scenario...
September 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204972/interprofessional-collaboration-a-qualitative-study-of-non-physician-perspectives-on-resident-competency
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Mariposa Garth, Alexandra Millet, Emily Shearer, Sara Stafford, Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, Janine Bruce, Erika Schillinger, Alistair Aaronson, David Svec
BACKGROUND: The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) includes the ability to collaborate in an interprofessional team as a core professional activity that trainees should be able to complete on day 1 of residency (Med Sci Educ. 26:797-800, 2016). The training that medical students require in order to achieve this competency, however, is not well established (Med Sci Educ. 26:457-61, 2016), and few studies have examined non-physician healthcare professionals' perspectives regarding resident physicians' interprofessional skills...
December 4, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203407/optimising-workflow-processes-in-an-advanced-medication-dispensary
#3
Amanda Y Leong, Mary Pederson
The workload measurement of an inpatient hospital dispensary is critical to improve efficiency in the face of limited budgets. This single-centre pilot study used work sampling to observe and identify areas to improve efficiency of dispensing prescribed medications at one tertiary level acute care teaching hospital. Workload sampling was conducted at a 1096-bed hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The dispensary services the entire hospital, 24 h per day, seven days per week. Pharmacists are solely involved in clinical screening...
November 27, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199253/-effects-of-pharmacist-intervention-on-the-treatment-of-infectious-diseases-in-critically-ill-patients
#4
Masaharu Imaura
 The pathological conditions of patients who require intensive care are usually complex and extremely severe; their health and life are in a critical state. Therefore, correct, rapid treatment of these conditions is indispensable. Furthermore, the selection of drugs and adjustment of their dosage for an immediate effect are important. Moreover, most patients are immunocompromised and present an extremely high level of risk for complications involving infectious diseases. Since such complications may lead to life-threatening outcomes, a rational dosage regimen to achieve sufficient antimicrobial activity from the initial stage of treatment is essential...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199252/-evaluation-of-pharmacotherapy-on-emergency-and-intensive-care-medicine-the-influence-of-intensity-and-duration-of-invasion
#5
Toru Imai
 Critically ill patients who receive high-level invasion show physiological changes different from those under more normal conditions, along with variable therapeutic effects and pharmacokinetics. The concept of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) has been introduced to describe the clinical state resulting from invasive actions taken under acute circumstances, resulting in an acute-phase systemic response. In particular, dosages of vancomycin (VCM) and phenytoin (PHT) need to be adjusted by therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) because of their narrow therapeutic concentration windows...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189346/impact-of-quality-bundle-enforcement-by-a-critical-care-pharmacist-on-patient-outcome-and-costs
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Géraldine Leguelinel-Blache, Tri-Long Nguyen, Benjamin Louart, Hélène Poujol, Jean-Philippe Lavigne, Jason A Roberts, Laurent Muller, Jean-Marie Kinowski, Claire Roger, Jean-Yves Lefrant
OBJECTIVES: Surgical and medical ICU patients are at high risk of mortality and provide a significant cost to the healthcare system. The aim of this study is to describe the effect of pharmacist-led interventions on drug therapy and clinical strategies on ICU patient outcome and hospital costs. DESIGN: Before and after study in two French ICUs (16 and 10 beds). PATIENTS: ICU patients. INTERVENTION: From January 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015, a pharmacist observation period was compared with an intervention period in which a critical care pharmacist provided recommendations to clinicians regarding sedative drugs and doses, choice of mechanical ventilation mode and related settings, antimicrobial de-escalation, and central venous and urinary catheters removal...
November 20, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180158/assessment-of-students-ability-to-incorporate-a-computer-into-increasingly-complex-simulated-patient-encounters
#7
Sarah Ray, Katie Valdovinos
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Pharmacy students should be exposed to and offered opportunities to practice the skill of incorporating a computer into a patient interview in the didactic setting. Faculty sought to improve retention of student ability to incorporate computers into their patient-pharmacist communication. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Students were required to utilize a computer to document clinical information gathered during a simulated patient encounter (SPE)...
January 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170637/effect-of-standardized-warfarin-treatment-protocol-on-anticoagulant-effect-comparison-of-a-warfarin-medication-therapy-adherence-clinic-with-usual-medical-care
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Salihah Aidit, Yee Chang Soh, Chuan Seng Yap, Tahir M Khan, Chin Fen Neoh, Shazwani Shaharuddin, Yaman W Kassab, Rahul P Patel, Long C Ming
Objective: To evaluate the impact of pharmacist-led warfarin management and standardized treatment protocol. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was carried out in a cardiology referral hospital located in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 2009 to 2014. The inclusion criteria were: adult patients who were diagnosed and treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) with warfarin, attended the warfarin medication therapy adherence clinic (WMTAC) for at least 12 weeks, and with at least four international normalized ratio (INR) readings...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167142/creating-a-new-rural-pharmacy-workforce-development-and-implementation-of-the-rural-pharmacy-health-initiative
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Mollie Ashe Scott, Stephanie Kiser, Irene Park, Rebecca Grandy, Pamela U Joyner
PURPOSE: An innovative certificate program aimed at expanding the rural pharmacy workforce, increasing the number of pharmacists with expertise in rural practice, and improving healthcare outcomes in rural North Carolina is described. SUMMARY: Predicted shortages of primary care physicians and closures of critical access hospitals are expected to worsen existing health disparities. Experiential education in schools and colleges of pharmacy primarily takes place in academic medical centers and, unlike experiential education in medical schools, rarely emphasizes the provision of patient care in rural U...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160426/impact-assessment-of-an-automated-drug-dispensing-system-in-a-tertiary-hospital
#10
Débora de-Carvalho, José Luiz Alvim-Borges, Cristiana Maria Toscano
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the costs and patient safety of a pilot implementation of an automated dispensing cabinet in a critical care unit of a private tertiary hospital in São Paulo/Brazil. METHODS: This study considered pre- (January-August 2013) and post- (October 2013-October 2014) intervention periods. We considered the time and cost of personnel, number of adverse events, audit adjustments to patient bills, and urgent requests and returns of medications to the central pharmacy...
October 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159874/meta-synthesis-on-migraine-management
#11
REVIEW
Mia T Minen, Lita Anglin, Alexandra Boubour, Allison Squires, Linda Herrmann
BACKGROUND: Migraine is one of the top 10 most disabling conditions among adults worldwide. Most migraine research is quantitative and indicates concerns about medication adherence, stigma, and more. Qualitative studies might reveal an improved understanding of migraine patients' perspectives regarding migraine treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to synthesize the qualitative research on migraine patients' perspectives regarding migraine treatment to (a) identify common patterns across various types of migraine treatment studies and (b) inform future research...
November 21, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152261/copd-management-as-a-model-for-all-chronic-respiratory-conditions-report-of-the-4-th-consensus-conference-in-respiratory-medicine
#12
Stefano Nardini, Fernando De Benedetto, Claudio M Sanguinetti, Salvatore Bellofiore, Stefano Carlone, Salvatore Privitera, Luciano Sagliocca, Emmanuele Tupputi, Claudio Baccarani, Gennaro Caiffa, Maria Consiglia Calabrese, Antonio Capuozzo, Salvatore Cauchi, Valentina Conio, Giuseppe Coratella, Franco Crismancich, Roberto W Dal Negro, Franco Dellarole, Maurizio Delucchi, Carlo Favaretti, Silvia Forte, Franca Matilde Gallo, Riccardo Giuliano, Marco Grandi, Antonino Grillo, Maria Rosaria Gualano, Enrico Guffanti, Salvatore Locicero, Francesco Paolo Lombardo, Marco Mantero, Roberto Marasso, Laura Martino, Michele Mastroberardino, Carlo Mereu, Roberto Messina, Margherita Neri, Bruno Franco Novelletto, Paolo Parente, Sergio Pasquinucci, Massimo Pistolesi, Mario Polverino, Agnese Posca, Luca Richeldi, Fernando Roccia, Ettore Saffi Giustini, Michelangelo Salemi, Salvatore Santacroce, Mario Schisano, Matteo Schisano, Eleonora Selvi, Andrea Silenzi, Patrizio Soverina, Claudio Taranto, Marta Ugolini, Piero Visaggi, Alessandro Zanasi
Background: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 40 million people each year. The management of chronic respiratory NCDs such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is particularly critical in Italy, where they are widespread and represent a heavy burden on healthcare resources. It is thus important to redefine the role and responsibility of respiratory specialists and their scientific societies, together with that of the whole healthcare system, in order to create a sustainable management of COPD, which could become a model for other chronic respiratory conditions...
2017: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132369/impact-of-pharmacist-led-medication-management-in-care-transitions
#13
Seungwon Yang
BACKGROUND: When patients are discharged from hospital to home, it is a highlighted vulnerable period for which medication - related problems are prevalent. Researchers have proposed a telephone follow-up intervention as a means to reduce hospital readmissions. However, the outcome of the intervention with the engagement of pharmacists in managing patients' medicines after discharge has not been well explored. The objectives of this study were (1) to determine whether a pharmacist telephone follow-up intervention focusing on patients' medicines management support is associated with a reduction in 30-day readmission rates and (2) to describe the number and types of pharmacist interventions in care transitions...
November 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128648/a-hypertension-emergency-department-intervention-aimed-at-decreasing-disparities-design-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#14
Heather M Prendergast, Marina Del Rios, Renee Petzel-Gimbar, Daniel Garside, Sara Heinert, Sandra Escobar-Schulz, Pavitra Kotini-Shah, Michael Brown, Jinsong Chen, Joseph Colla, Marian Fitzgibbon, Ramon A Durazo-Arvizu, Martha Daviglus
Effective interventions to identify and treat uncontrolled hypertension (HTN), particularly in underrepresented populations that use the emergency department (ED) for primary care, are critically needed. Uncontrolled HTN contributes significantly to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and is more frequently encountered among patients presenting to the ED as compared to the primary care setting. EDs serve as the point of entry into the health care system for high-risk patient populations, including minority and low-income patients...
November 8, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098146/health-literacy-related-knowledge-attitude-and-perceived-barriers-a-cross-sectional-study-among-physicians-pharmacists-and-nurses-in-public-hospitals-of-penang-malaysia
#15
Retha Rajah, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Ching Jou Lim
Introduction: Patients' health literacy (HL) has emerged as a critical determinant of health outcomes and becoming one of the core competencies of health-care providers. Therefore, this study aimed to assess among Malaysian physicians, pharmacists, and nurses, their HL-related knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers, and also to determine the associated factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used to enroll 600 eligible respondents using stratified sampling from 6 public hospitals in Penang, Malaysia...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091149/interventions-of-the-clinical-pharmacist-in-an-intermediate-care-unit-for-elderly-patients
#16
Stéphanie de Souza Costa Viana, Tiago Arantes, Sabrina Corrêa da Costa Ribeiro
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the role of the clinical pharmacist in hospital care of critical elderly patients. METHODS: Critical patients aged 60 years and over admitted by the clinical staff to an Intermediate Care Unit were followed-up for 4 months regarding their drug therapies. Medical prescriptions were reviewed daily on the basis of patients' clinical conditions, with the view to identify opportunities for optimization of drug therapies, contributing to safer prescribing, reduced discomfort and correct and rational use of drugs...
July 2017: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052691/discontinuing-inappropriate-medication-use-in-nursing-home-residents-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Hans Wouters, Jessica Scheper, Hedi Koning, Chris Brouwer, Jos W Twisk, Helene van der Meer, Froukje Boersma, Sytse U Zuidema, Katja Taxis
Background: Inappropriate prescribing is a well-known clinical problem in nursing home residents, but few interventions have focused on reducing inappropriate medication use. Objective: To examine successful discontinuation of inappropriate medication use and to improve prescribing in nursing home residents. Design: Pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial, with clustering by elder care physicians and their wards. (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01876095)...
November 7, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042844/designing-a-care-pathway-model-a-case-study-of-the-outpatient-total-hip-arthroplasty-care-pathway
#18
Robin I Oosterholt, Lianne Wl Simonse, Stella U Boess, Stephan Bw Vehmeijer
INTRODUCTION: Although the clinical attributes of total hip arthroplasty (THA) care pathways have been thoroughly researched, a detailed understanding of the equally important organisational attributes is still lacking. The aim of this article is to contribute with a model of the outpatient THA care pathway that depicts how the care team should be organised to enable patient discharge on the day of surgery. THEORY: The outpatient THA care pathway enables patients to be discharged on the day of surgery, shortening the length of stay and intensifying the provision and organisation of care...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033347/a-multilevel-stakeholder-approach-for-identifying-the-determinants-of-implementation-of-government-funded-community-pharmacy-services-at-the-primary-care-level
#19
Lutfun N Hossain, Jacqueline Tudball, Lucía Franco-Trigo, Desire Durks, Shalom I Benrimoj, Daniel Sabater-Hernández
BACKGROUND: A key early step to enhance the integration of community pharmacy services (CPSs) into primary care practice is identifying key determinants of practice (i.e., critical circumstances that influence the implementation of such services). Involving relevant stakeholders in identifying key determinants enables findings to be more relevant to the context in which CPSs will be implemented. OBJECTIVE: To identify key determinants of practice that can influence the implementation of government-funded CPSs in a primary health network in Australia...
October 5, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029170/use-of-a-structured-panel-process-to-define-antimicrobial-prescribing-appropriateness-in-critical-care
#20
Linda D Dresser, Chaim M Bell, Marilyn Steinberg, Niall D Ferguson, Stephen Lapinsky, Neil Lazar, Patricia Murphy, Jeffrey M Singh, Andrew M Morris
Background: Antimicrobial prescribing is frequently reported as appropriate or inappropriate, particularly in the ICU. However, the definitions used are non-standardized and lack validity and reliability. Objectives: To develop standardized definitions of appropriateness for antimicrobial prescribing in the critical care setting. Methods: We used consensus-based modified Delphi and RAND appropriateness methodology to develop criteria to define appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
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