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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439135/assessment-of-direct-oral-anticoagulant-prescribing-and-monitoring-pre-and-post-implementation-of-a-pharmacy-protocol-at-a-community-teaching-hospital
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Christina Miele, Mary Taylor, Aditi Shah
Background: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have become popular alternatives to vitamin K antagonists for the treatment and prevention of thromboembolic diseases; however, there are limited data regarding the appropriate use of DOACs in clinical practice. To ensure safety and efficacy of these medications, it is important that decisions regarding their use in patients rely on the available evidence. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the appropriateness of DOAC prescribing in adult patients before and after the implementation of a pharmacist-driven DOAC protocol...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439133/importance-of-pharmacy-involvement-in-the-treatment-of-sepsis
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Joseph B Cavanaugh, Jesse B Sullivan, Nicole East, Jessica N Nodzon
Purpose: A review of the impact of pharmacists on appropriate medication selection, timing of administration, and as members of a multidisciplinary sepsis response team. Summary: Early goal-directed therapy (EGDT), currently recommended by the 2013 Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines for the management of patients with sepsis, includes the administration of appropriate antibiotics in patients with septic shock within the first hour. Multidisciplinary teams containing pharmacists have been shown to decrease time to antibiotic delivery, time to antibiotic administration, and patient mortality...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433827/a-comparison-of-medication-administration-errors-from-original-medication-packaging-and-multi-compartment-compliance-aids-in-care-homes-a-prospective-observational-study
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Julia Fiona-Maree Gilmartin-Thomas, Felicity Smith, Rory Wolfe, Yogini Jani
BACKGROUND: No published study has been specifically designed to compare medication administration errors between original medication packaging and multi-compartment compliance aids in care homes, using direct observation. OBJECTIVES: Compare the effect of original medication packaging and multi-compartment compliance aids on medication administration accuracy. DESIGN: Prospective observational. SETTING: Ten Greater London care homes...
March 28, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430007/the-feasibility-and-impact-of-prospective-medication-review-in-the-emergency-department
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Billy Sin, Kwong Lau, Richard Tong, Josel Ruiz, Kimberly Sarosky, Robert DiGregorio, Shalom Butel, Sylvie de Souza
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the feasibility and impact of prospective medication review (PMR) in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all nonadmitted ED patients who were prescribed medication orders by ED clinicians from September 2014 to September 2015 to determine the time intervals utilized during each step of the medication use process and quantify the number of interventions conducted by the pharmacist and cost avoidance accrued from the interventions...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428644/-how-to-evaluate-the-application-of-clinical-governance-tools-in-the-management-of-hospitalized-hyperglycemic-patients-results-of-a-multicentric-study
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Antonio Giulio De Belvis, Maria Lucia Specchia, Anna Maria Ferriero, Silvio Capizzi
Risk management is a key tool in Clinical Governance. Our project aimed to define, share, apply and measure the impact of tools and methodologies for the continuous improvement of quality of care, especially in relation to the multi-disciplinary and integrated management of the hyperglycemic patient in hospital settings. A training project, coordinated by a scientific board of experts in diabetes and health management and an Expert Meeting with representatives of all the participating centers was launched in 2014...
January 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427898/pharmacist-impact-on-pediatric-vaccination-errors-and-missed-opportunities-in-the-setting-of-clinical-decision-support
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Kelly A Wise, Sonya J Sebastian, Anna C Haas-Gehres, Melissa D Moore-Clingenpeel, Kristen E Lamberjack
OBJECTIVE: To determine pharmacist impact on vaccination errors and missed opportunities in the pediatric primary care setting with the presence of clinical decision support (CDS) by comparing a clinic with a pharmacist and CDS to a clinic with CDS alone. DESIGN: A retrospective chart review of patients' electronic medical records compared vaccination errors and missed opportunities between 2 pediatric primary care clinics. SETTING: Two urban, pediatric primary care clinics were selected for the study...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420595/using-an-array-of-implementation-strategies-to-improve-success-rates-of-pharmacist-initiated-medication-therapy-management-services-in-community-pharmacies
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Rachel Stafford, Jeremy Thomas, Nalin Payakachat, Tiffany Diemer, Michele Lang, Brooke Kordsmeier, Geoffrey Curran
BACKGROUND: With the introduction of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Stars Measure program has come a greater expectation of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services from community pharmacies. To meet the growing demand of these services, pharmacies have sought out various methods of engaging pharmacists to provide MTM. Barriers for completing MTM include inadequate time to complete the services, insufficient staffing, lack of sufficient compensation, billing difficulty, lack of interest among patients (including refusing MTM services when offered), inadequate training/experience, and lack of support from management...
April 8, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420450/what-side-effects-are-problematic-for-patients-prescribed-antipsychotic-medication-the-maudsley-side-effects-mse-measure-for-antipsychotic-medication
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T Wykes, J Evans, C Paton, T R E Barnes, D Taylor, R Bentall, B Dalton, T Ruffell, D Rose, S Vitoratou
BACKGROUND: Capturing service users' perspectives can highlight additional and different concerns to those of clinicians, but there are no up to date, self-report psychometrically sound measures of side effects of antipsychotic medications. Aim To develop a psychometrically sound measure to identify antipsychotic side effects important to service users, the Maudsley Side Effects (MSE) measure. METHOD: An initial item bank was subjected to a Delphi exercise (n = 9) with psychiatrists and pharmacists, followed by service user focus groups and expert panels (n = 15) to determine item relevance and language...
April 19, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411014/impact-of-the-act-fast-stroke-campaign-delivered-by-student-pharmacists-on-the-primary-prevention-of-stroke
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Lucy Phan Vo, JoAnna Han Souksavong, Annie Tran, Janet Chang, Kajua B Lor
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of an Act FAST educational intervention performed by student pharmacists on knowledge of stroke recognition and management. DESIGN: Stroke preparedness and knowledge of primary prevention were assessed with the use of pre- and post-intervention surveys targeting community members at health fairs. The intervention was an Act FAST educational session with blood pressure and blood glucose screenings provided by student pharmacists...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405159/validation-of-an-instrument-to-measure-patients-experiences-of-medicine-use-the-living-with-medicines-questionnaire
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Janet Krska, Barbra Katusiime, Sarah A Corlett
BACKGROUND: Medicine-related burden is an increasingly recognized concept, stemming from the rising tide of polypharmacy, which may impact on patient behaviors, including nonadherence. No instruments currently exist which specifically measure medicine-related burden. The Living with Medicines Questionnaire (LMQ) was developed for this purpose. OBJECTIVE: This study validated the LMQ in a sample of adults using regular prescription medicines in the UK. METHODS: Questionnaires were distributed in community pharmacies and public places in southeast England or online through UK health websites and social media...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400708/costs-and-savings-associated-with-a-pharmacists-prescribing-for-minor-ailments-program-in-saskatchewan
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Ellen Rafferty, Mohsen Yaghoubi, Jeff Taylor, Marwa Farag
BACKGROUND: Health care systems around the world have started to develop pharmacists prescribing for minor ailments (PPMA) programs. These programs aim to improve the efficiency of care, reduce physician visits, and increase the accessibility to prescription medication (Rx). This study performed an economic impact analysis of the pharmacists prescribing for minor ailments program in Saskatchewan. METHODS: We measured costs for the program and the alternative scenario (i...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400250/assessment-of-self-care-and-medication-adherence-in-individuals-with-mental-health-conditions
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Lisa J Bible, Kristin A Casper, Jennifer L Seifert, Kyle A Porter
OBJECTIVES: This descriptive study explored whether patients with mental health conditions engage in personal medicine (self-care activities) as part of their treatment regimen. Personal medicine is patient-identified and -initiated activities of self-care that can improve mental health through various means, including physical activity, social engagement, and spiritual connectedness. The purpose of this study was to explore patient engagement in personal medicine within an underserved population and to evaluate the impact self-care might have on self-reported medication use and adherence and patient perception of mental health control...
April 8, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399697/naloxone-administration-for-opioid-overdose-reversal-in-the-prehospital-setting-implications-for-pharmacists
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Landon Weaver, Laura Palombi, Karen M S Bastianelli
BACKGROUND: Fatalities from opioid overdose have risen by 117% over the past 10 years. Increasing access to the opioid antagonist, naloxone can combat this trend and saves lives. This study investigates the various routes of naloxone administration for opioid reversal in the prehospital setting. METHODS: PubMed, Ovid, and Google Scholar were searched for references that included the words naloxone and prehospital. Inclusion criteria were peer reviewed publications after 1995, English language, studies conducted in an outpatient setting, and intramuscular, intranasal, intravenous, or subcutaneous formulations; exclusion criteria were review articles or editorials...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396187/collaborative-interventions-reduce-time-to-thrombolysis-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-a-public-safety-net-hospital
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Zachary D Threlkeld, Benjamin Kozak, David McCoy, Sara Cole, Christine Martin, Vineeta Singh
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Shorter time-to-thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is associated with improved functional outcome and reduced morbidity. We evaluate the effect of several interventions to reduce time-to-thrombolysis at an urban, public safety net hospital. METHODS: All patients treated with tissue plasminogen activator for AIS at our institution between 2008 and 2015 were included in a retrospective analysis of door-to-needle (DTN) time and associated factors...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385023/impact-of-a-pharmacy-based-transitional-care-program-on-hospital-readmissions
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Weiyi Ni, Danielle Colayco, Jonathan Hashimoto, Kevin Komoto, Chandrakala Gowda, Bruce Wearda, Jeffrey McCombs
OBJECTIVES: Avoidable readmissions of patients discharged from hospitals are a major concern. This study evaluates the impact of pharmacist-provided postdischarge services on hospital readmissions for members of a US managed Medicaid health plan. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: Synergy Pharmacy Solutions (SPS) initiated a transition of care (TOC) service for high-risk members of the Kern Health Systems (KHS) managed Medicaid plan...
March 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381894/teaching-student-pharmacists-to-apply-drug-literature-to-patient-cases
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Robert D Beckett, Jennifer A Henriksen, Kierstan Hanson, Holly D Robison
Objective. To implement a series of activities designed to build drug literature evaluation skills and assess their impact on student pharmacists' ability to apply study results to patient cases. Design. Coursework was integrated across two didactic and pharmacy practice laboratory (PPL) courses. Team and individual journal clubs were used in traditional and case-based approaches during PPL courses to reinforce skills introduced in didactic courses. Student performance and perceptions were assessed during orientation for the third professional (P3) year and after the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) at the end of the P3 year in identical drug literature evaluation assessments and pre- and post-intervention surveys of students...
March 25, 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381891/using-collaborative-drug-therapy-agreements-to-train-student-pharmacists-to-provide-clinical-patient-care-services
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Kimberly C McKeirnan, Julie M Akers, Jennifer C Czapinski, Jennifer D Robinson
Objective. To assess the impact of a new course designed to train student pharmacists to provide clinical patient care services delivered through collaborative drug practice agreements. Design. An intensive two-credit, one-week course with a combined self-study and interactive pedagogical approach was developed. Content from the online Washington State Pharmacy Association Clinical Community Pharmacist training program was integrated with a live, eight-hour seminar. Assessment. Student-pharmacist learning, effectiveness of content presented, and perceived value of the material were evaluated...
March 25, 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381289/causes-consequences-and-policy-responses-to-the-migration-of-health-workers-key-findings-from-india
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Margaret Walton-Roberts, Vivien Runnels, S Irudaya Rajan, Atul Sood, Sreelekha Nair, Philomina Thomas, Corinne Packer, Adrian MacKenzie, Gail Tomblin Murphy, Ronald Labonté, Ivy Lynn Bourgeault
BACKGROUND: This study sought to better understand the drivers of skilled health professional migration, its consequences, and the various strategies countries have employed to mitigate its negative impacts. The study was conducted in four countries-Jamaica, India, the Philippines, and South Africa-that have historically been "sources" of health workers migrating to other countries. The aim of this paper is to present the findings from the Indian portion of the study. METHODS: Data were collected using surveys of Indian generalist and specialist physicians, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, dieticians, and other allied health therapists...
April 5, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379408/sharing-antimicrobial-reports-for-pediatric-stewardship-sharps-a-quality-improvement-collaborative
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Jason G Newland, Jeffrey S Gerber, Matthew P Kronman, Georgann Meredith, Brian R Lee, Cary Thurm, Adam L Hersh
Background.: Although many children's hospitals have established antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs), data-driven benchmarks for optimizing antimicrobial use across centers are lacking. We developed a multicenter quality improvement collaborative focused on sharing data reports and benchmarking antimicrobial use to improve antimicrobial prescribing among hospitalized children. Methods.: A national antimicrobial stewardship collaborative among children's hospitals, Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (SHARPS), was established in 2013...
April 4, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379326/an-automated-pharmacist-driven-initiative-improves-quality-of-care-for-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia
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Eric Wenzler, Fei Wang, Debra A Goff, Beth Prier, John Mellett, Julie E Mangino, Karri A Bauer
Background: Infectious diseases (ID) consultation and antimicrobial stewardship intervention have been shown to improve the management of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB). As the workload of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) continues to increase, ASPs must find a way to maximize the efficiency of the program while optimizing patient outcomes. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of incorporating health informatics into the management of SAB via a pharmacist-driven initiative...
April 4, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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