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Bayan Sharif-Chan, Dipti Tankala, Christine Leong, Zubin Austin, Marisa Battistella
Objective. To compare peer teaching in a medical and a pharmacy clinical teaching unit and to provide suggestions for future research in pharmacy near-peer teaching. Methods. This exploratory observational study used principles of ethnographic methodology for data collection and analysis. Observations were collected in a large downtown teaching hospital. An average of 4-6 hours per day were spent observing a team of medical trainees from the Faculty (School) of Medicine in the general internal medicine (unit for two weeks, followed by a team of pharmacy trainees in an ambulatory hemodialysis (HD) unit for two weeks...
September 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Dhara Shah, Shannon Manzi
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the frequency, type, and potential severity of errors intercepted by pharmacists on review of discharge prescriptions in a pediatric emergency department (ED). METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational study conducted in the ED of a pediatric teaching hospital. A daily report of prescriptions from the previous day was reviewed by a pharmacist for safety and efficacy. If an intervention was deemed necessary, the prescriber was contacted for clarification...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
N Schellack, R Pretorius, A P Messina
With the global threat of antimicrobial resistance now more emergent than ever, there should be wider collaboration between members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. This article proposes possible ways of engagement between the pharmacist, nurse and doctor. The pharmacist and nurse are placed in an ideal position through united efforts (camaraderie) to redirect healthcare towards improved patient outcomes while also reducing antimicrobial resistance.
September 23, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Alison M DaCosta, Courtney B Sweet, Lisa R Garavaglia, Francis L Casey, Jeffrey D Lancaster
OBJECTIVES: This pilot study investigated the feasibility and effect on health care utilization of medically complex children participating in a pharmacist-led model for care coordination. Quality of life and satisfaction with care were secondarily assessed for each patient. METHODS: Four medically complex children were enrolled and contacted by the pharmacist weekly for 5 consecutive months. Time for each encounter with a patient was collected. Each patient's hospital admissions, days of stay, emergency department visits, and clinic visits were recorded...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
Louise E Curley, Janice Moody, Rukshar Gobarani, Trudi Aspden, Maree Jensen, Maureen McDonald, John Shaw, Janie Sheridan
BACKGROUND: Worldwide the demands on emergency and primary health care services are increasing. General practitioners and accident and emergency departments are often used unnecessarily for the treatment of minor ailments. Community pharmacy is often the first port of call for patients in the provision of advice on minor ailments, advising the patient on treatment or referring the patient to an appropriate health professional when necessary. The potential for community pharmacists to act as providers of triage services has started to be recognised, and community pharmacy triage services (CPTS) are emerging in a number of countries...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
Alyssa Chappell, Katelyn Dervay
Purpose: To describe an innovative strategy for incorporating leadership training and development across multiple postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs at a single institution. Background: Tampa General Hospital has 7 pharmacy residency positions: 4 postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residents and a single resident for each of the 3 PGY2 programs (critical care, emergency medicine, and solid organ transplant). Administrative topics are incorporated across the PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs, with each PGY2 program having additional administrative topics specific to their specialty area...
September 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Eline Tommelein, Els Mehuys, Inge Van Tongelen, Mirko Petrovic, Annemie Somers, Pieter Colin, Sophie Demarche, Thierry Van Hees, Thierry Christiaens, Koen Boussery
BACKGROUND: In this study, we aimed to (i) determine the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in community-dwelling older polypharmacy patients using the Ghent Older People's Prescriptions community-Pharmacy Screening (GheOP³S) tool, (ii) identify the items that account for the highest proportion of PIP and (iii) identify the patient variables that may influence the occurrence of PIP. Additionally, pharmacist-physician contacts emerging from PIP screening with the GheOP³S tool and feasibility of the GheOP³S tool in daily practice were evaluated...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Public Health
Thomas J Fitzgerald, Yoonjae Kang, Carolyn B Bridges, Todd Talbert, Sara J Vagi, Brock Lamont, Samuel B Graitcer
BACKGROUND: During an influenza pandemic, to achieve early and rapid vaccination coverage and maximize the benefit of an immunization campaign, partnerships between public health agencies and vaccine providers are essential. Immunizing pharmacists represent an important group for expanding access to pandemic vaccination. However, little is known about nationwide coordination between public health programs and pharmacies for pandemic vaccine response planning. METHODS: To assess relationships and planning activities between public health programs and pharmacies, we analyzed data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assessments of jurisdictions that received immunization and emergency preparedness funding from 2012 to 2015...
September 26, 2016: Vaccine
S Zhou, X Y Sheng, Q Xiang, Z N Wang, Y Zhou, Y M Cui
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Anticoagulation management services are well known to improve the quality of patient care and to reduce the rates of hospitalization and emergency department visits following adverse events related to anticoagulation therapy. The complexity of managing warfarin has led to the development of a variety of specialized models managed by pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and self-managed care. The aim of the study is to compare the effectiveness of pharmacist-managed anticoagulation control of warfarin with other models...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Vibhuti Arya, Eric Medina, Allison Scaccia, Cathleen Mathew, David Starr
Hurricane Sandy was one of the most severe natural disasters to hit the Mid-Atlantic States in recent history. Community pharmacies were among the businesses affected, with flooding and power outages significantly reducing services offered by many pharmacies. The objectives of our study were to assess the impact of Hurricane Sandy on community pharmacies, both independently owned and chain, in the severely affected areas of New York City (NYC), including Coney Island, Staten Island, and the Rockaways, using qualitative methods, and propose strategies to mitigate the impact of future storms and disasters...
January 2016: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
Gary R Matzke, Michael J Czar, William T Lee, Leticia R Moczygemba, L David Harlow
PURPOSE: The design elements of the Improving Health of At-Risk Rural Patients (IHARP) care model are described. SUMMARY: The IHARP project evaluated the clinical, economic, and humanistic outcomes associated with the collaborative care model relative to usual care in the community. The care model was initiated in 22 level 3- certified patient-centered medical homes. The primary outcomes are the absolute change in all relevant clinical and laboratory values of patients with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes within and between the intervention and comparator groups; the change in the absolute number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations; and the change in the cost of care among the Medicare and Medicaid intervention patients...
September 19, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Allyson Hunt, Steven Nakajima, Lisa Hall Zimmerman, Manav Patel
BACKGROUND: Delay in appropriate antibiotic therapy is associated with an increase in mortality and prolonged length of stay. Automatic dispensing machines decrease the delivery time of intravenous (IV) antibiotics to patients in the emergency department (ED). However, when IV antibiotics are not reviewed by pharmacists before being administered, patients are at risk for receiving inappropriate antibiotic therapy. The objective of this study was to determine if a difference exists in the time to administration of appropriate antibiotic therapy before and after implementation of prospective verification of antibiotics in the ED...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Beata V Bajorek, Kate S LeMay, Parker J Magin, Christopher Roberts, Ines Krass, Carol L Armour
OBJECTIVE: To explore patients' perspectives and experiences following a trial of a pharmacist-led service in hypertension management. METHODS: A qualitative study comprising individual interviews was conducted. Patients of a community pharmacy, where a pharmacist-led hypertension management service had been trialled in selected metropolitan regions in Sydney (Australia), were recruited to the study. Emergent themes describing patients' experiences and perspectives on the service were elicited via thematic analysis (using manual inductive coding)...
September 16, 2016: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Jordan D Haag, Amanda Z Davis, Robert W Hoel, Jeffrey J Armon, Laura J Odell, Ross A Dierkhising, Paul Y Takahashi
BACKGROUND: The optimization of medication use during care transitions represents an opportunity to improve overall health-related outcomes. The utilization of clinical pharmacists during care transitions has demonstrated benefit, although the optimal method of integration during the care transition process remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of pharmacist-provided telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) on care quality in a care transitions program (CTP) for high-risk older adults...
July 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
Joseph Trang, Amanda Martinez, Sadaf Aslam, Minh-Tri Duong
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of literature on a well-defined role of a pharmacist in different aspects of transition of care service (TCS). Although health care institutions have specific details on the discharge process, there is a need for a sustainable TCS with a well-defined role of pharmacists. OBJECTIVE: To describe the impact of a pharmacist-led TCS on acute health care utilization, clinic quality indicators, and identification and resolution of medication-related problems (MRPs)...
November 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
Yoshito Zamami, Toru Imai, Masaki Imanishi, Kenshi Takechi, Naoko Shiraishi, Toshihiro Koyama, Hidenori Sagara, Yasukazu Shiino, Toshiaki Sendo, Keisuke Ishizawa
BACKGROUND: Many pharmacists are participating in team-based medical care in emergency hospitals. Therefore, there is a desperate need to improve the education system. In the present study, we provided a "pharmaceutical lifesaving skills training" to the students in their fifth and sixth year of the pharmaceutical school and evaluated the program's impact on the students' learning and confidence in their ability to perform pharmaceutical interventions for emergency patients. METHODS: We conducted a pharmaceutical lifesaving skills training program with 12 participants who were in their fifth and six year of pharmaceutical school...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
Lluís Campins, Mateu Serra-Prat, Inés Gózalo, David López, Elisabet Palomera, Clara Agustí, Mateu Cabré
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy is frequent in the elderly population and is associated with potentially drug inappropriateness and drug-related problems. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of a medication evaluation programme for community-dwelling polymedicated elderly people. DESIGN: Randomized, open-label, multicentre, parallel-arm clinical trial with 1-year follow-up. SETTING: Primary care centres. PARTICIPANTS: Polymedicated (≥8 drugs) elderly people (≥70 years)...
September 7, 2016: Family Practice
Julianna Van Enk, Heather Townsend, Jessica Thompson
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September 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Jann B Skelton, James A Owen
OBJECTIVES: The Community Pharmacy Residency Program (CPRP) Planning Committee convened to develop a vision and a strategic action plan for the advancement of community pharmacy residency training. Aligned with the profession's efforts to achieve provider status and expand access to care, the Future Vision and Action Plan for Community-based Residency Training will provide guidance, direction, and a strategic action plan for community-based residency training to ensure that the future needs of community-based pharmacist practitioners are met...
September 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Faika Zanjani, Lauren Crook, Rachel Smith, Demetra Antimisiaris, Nancy Schoenberg, Catherine Martin, Richard Clayton
OBJECTIVES: To examine rural and urban pharmacy staff perceptions on messaging, barriers, and motivators for preventing alcohol and medication interactions (AMI) in older adults (≥65 years of age). METHODS: A survey was distributed through the local pharmacist association and statewide pharmacy registry in Kentucky. A total of 255 responses were received from pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students. RESULTS: Across rural and urban regions alike, among the AMI prevention messages provided, participants identified the most important messages to be: AMI can be potentially dangerous and life threatening; emergency rooms should be used when experiencing an AMI; and doctors and pharmacists should be consulted about AMI...
September 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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