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Anan Jarab, Eman Alefishat, Tareq Mukattash, Karem Alzoubi, Sharrel Pinto
Background The quality of life has been shown to be poor in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Furthermore, patients' perspective and attitudes toward COPD and its impact on their quality of life have been remarkably ignored. Objective To explore patients' views and perceptions regarding COPD and its impact on their quality of life. Setting COPD clinic at the Royal Medical Services Hospital, Amman, Jordan. Method Focus groups discussions to explore patients' views and perceptions about COPD were conducted using purposive sampling technique till data saturation achieved...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Lelwala Guruge Thushani Shanika, Shaluka Jayamanne, Chandrani Nirmala Wijekoon, Judith Coombes, Dhineli Perera, Fahim Mohamed, Ian Coombes, Hithanadura Asita De Silva, Andrew Hamilton Dawson
Objective: To assess if a ward-based clinical pharmacy service resolving drug-related problems improved medication appropriateness at discharge and prevented drug-related hospital readmissions. Method: Between March and September 2013, we recruited patients with noncommunicable diseases in a Sri Lankan tertiary-care hospital, for a non-randomized controlled clinical trial. The intervention group received usual care and clinical pharmacy service. The intervention pharmacist made prospective medication reviews, identified drug-related problems and discussed recommendations with the health-care team and patients...
March 1, 2018: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Iro Evlampidou, Manolis Kogevinas
OBJECTIVE: Until 2016, around 3 million persons had limited access to health care in Greece due to the economic crisis. We describe a massive solidarity movement of community clinics and pharmacies in Greece. METHOD: We conducted a survey in 2014-15 and describe the characteristics of community clinics and pharmacies spontaneously established all over Greece after 2008. RESULTS: A characteristic of the 92 active solidarity clinics is autonomous collective functioning, free services, and funding from non-governmental sources...
March 6, 2018: Gaceta Sanitaria
Maria Chiara Corti, Francesco Avossa, Elena Schievano, Pietro Gallina, Eliana Ferroni, Natalia Alba, Matilde Dotto, Cristina Basso, Silvia Tiozzo Netti, Ugo Fedeli, Domenico Mantoan
BACKGROUND: The Italian National Health Service (NHS) provides universal coverage to all citizens, granting primary and hospital care with a copayment system for outpatient and drug services. Financing of Local Health Trusts (LHTs) is based on a capitation system adjusted only for age, gender and area of residence. We applied a risk-adjustment system (Johns Hopkins Adjusted Clinical Groups System, ACG® System) in order to explain health care costs using routinely collected administrative data in the Veneto Region (North-eastern Italy)...
March 4, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
William Kazanis, Mary J Pugh, Claudina Tami, Joseph K Maddry, Vikhyat S Bebarta, Erin P Finley, Don D McGeary, David H Carnahan, Jennifer S Potter
Introduction: Between 2001 and 2009, opioid analgesic prescriptions in the Military Health System quadrupled to 3.8 million. The sheer quantity of opioid analgesics available sets the stage for issues related to misuse, abuse, and diversion. To address this issue, the Department of Defense implemented several directives and clinical guidelines to improve access to appropriate pain care and safe opioid prescribing. Unfortunately, little has been done to characterize changing patterns of opioid use in active duty service members (ADSM), so little is known about how combat operations and military health care policy may have influenced this significant problem...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Damian Swieczkowski, Piotr Merks, Milosz Jaguszewski, Danuta Siluk
Pharmacy students should have a sufficient level of knowledge, skills, and attitude to practice pharmaceutical care effectively in the routine practice in the community pharmacy. Moreover, the strong cooperation between pharmacists and physicians is strongly needed in the process of providing pharmaceutical care. The aim of the study was to investigate the opinions of students of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy from Medical University of Gdansk on pharmaceutical care and cognitive services and aspects of interprofessional collaboration between physicians and pharmacists under the conditions of Polish healthcare system...
May 2017: Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica
Marita Barrett, Anna Keating, Deirdre Lynch, Geraldine Scanlon, Mary Kigathi, Fidelma Corcoran, Laura J Sahm
Patients receiving clozapine must undergo routine blood monitoring to screen for neutropenia, and to monitor for potential agranulocytosis. In Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland, clozapine is dispensed in the hospital pharmacy and the pharmacists are not aware of co-prescribed medicines, potentially impacting upon patient safety. The aim of this study was to examine the continuity of care of patients prescribed clozapine. A retrospective audit was conducted on patients attending the clozapine clinic at Cork University Hospital and assessed patients' (i) independent living, (ii) co-prescribed medicines and (iii) knowledge of their community pharmacists regarding co-prescribed clozapine...
February 26, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Stacie J Lampkin, Brooke Gildon, Sandra Benavides, Kelly Walls, Leslie Briars
Pediatric clinical pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team. By practicing in an ambulatory care clinic, they can reduce the risk of medication errors, improve health outcomes, and enhance patient care. Unfortunately, because of limited data, misconceptions surrounding the role of pharmacists, and reimbursement challenges, there may be difficulty in establishing or expanding pediatric clinical pharmacy services to an ambulatory care setting. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of considerations for establishing or expanding pharmacy services in a pediatric ambulatory care clinic...
January 2018: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
Zoe Edwards, Alison Blenkinsopp, Lucy Ziegler, Michael I Bennett
Pain experienced by many patients with advanced cancer is often not well controlled and community pharmacists are potentially well placed to provide support. The study objective was to explore the views and experiences of patients with advanced cancer about community pharmacies, their services and attitudes towards having a community pharmacist pain medicines consultation. Purposive sampling of GP clinical information systems was used to recruit patients with advanced cancer, living in the community and receiving opioid analgesics in one area of England, UK between January 2015 and July 2016...
February 26, 2018: Health & Social Care in the Community
Sofie Rahman Morgan, Nicole M Acquisto, Zlatan Coralic, Vicki Basalyga, Matthew Campbell, John J Kelly, Kevin Langkiet, Claire Pearson, Erick Sokn, Michael Phelan
The emergency department (ED) is a fast-paced, high-risk, and often overburdened work environment. Formal policy statements from several notable organizations, including the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), have recognized the importance of clinical pharmacists in the emergency medicine (EM) setting. EM clinical pharmacists work alongside emergency physicians and nurses at the bedside to optimize pharmacotherapy, improve patient safety, increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness of care, facilitate antibiotic stewardship, educate patients and clinicians, and contribute to scholarly efforts...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
T Bayoud, M Waheedi, J Lemay, A Awad
OBJECTIVES: To report the types and frequency of drug therapy problems (DTPs) identified and the physician acceptance of the clinical pharmacist interventions in a private hospital in Kuwait. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted on 3500 patients admitted to the hospital between December 2010 and April 2013. A structured approach was used to identify DTPs and recommend interventions. Data were analyzed using MAXQDA version 11. KEY FINDINGS: A total of 670 DTPs were identified and recommendations were proposed to treating physicians for each DTP...
February 20, 2018: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
Allison C Brunsman
PURPOSE: Results of a study to apply lean methodology to an inpatient pharmacy workflow to optimize timely administration of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved antibiotics for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock are presented. METHODS: This quasi-experimental study was conducted at an 802-bed institution using lean methodology to assess the inpatient pharmacy workflow for dispensing antibiotics to adult patients. The preintervention and postintervention phases occurred from February to September, 2015, and from October 2015 to May 2016, respectively...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Jessica N Sanders, Kyl Myers, Lori M Gawron, Rebecca G Simmons, David K Turok
OBJECTIVES: To describe a community-wide contraception initiative and assess changes in method use when cost and access barriers are removed in an environment with client-centered counseling. METHODS: HER Salt Lake is a prospective cohort study occurring during three 6-month periods (September 2015 through March 2017) and nested in a quasiexperimental observational study. The sample was women aged 16 to 45 years receiving new contraceptive services at health centers in Salt Lake County, Utah...
February 22, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
Lisa A Mueller, Alexa Sevin Valentino, Aaron D Clark, Junan Li
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to determine the effect of a pharmacist-provided spirometry service within a federally qualified health center on the percentage of spirometry referrals completed with results reviewed by the ordering provider. Secondary objectives evaluated differences between internal and external referrals, medication recommendations made by the pharmacist, and revenue brought in by the service. METHODS: Chart reviews were completed to determine the referral completion rates between patients who received a spirometry referral before (December 2014-September 2015) and after (January 2016-October 2016) the implementation of the pharmacy-provided spirometry service...
January 2018: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
Mangesh Kharjul, Rhiannon Braund, James Green
Background Adherence to treatment is important to achieve target outcomes, particularly for those with type 2 diabetes. Pharmacists are well placed to enhance adherence, however evidence of the impact on clinical outcomes is not well known. Objective To determine the impact of an adherence support service on adherence scores and subsequent clinical biomarkers (HbA1c). Setting Community pharmacies providing a Medicines Use Review (MUR) Service in a New Zealand locality. Methods Records of patients receiving MURs between 2007 and 2012 were obtained from a single locality...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Bharath R Ravichandran, Matthew W Gillespie, Tracy M Sparkes, Carla Williams, Stephen T Bartlett, Abdolreza Haririan, Brian M Masters
Background Given the complexity of solid organ transplant recipients, a multidisciplinary approach is required. To promote medication safety and enable providers to focus on the medical and surgical needs of these patients, our department of pharmacy created a collaborative practice agreement between physicians and pharmacists. Through this agreement, credentialed pharmacists are empowered to provide inpatient services including initiation and adjustment of medications through independent review of laboratory results after multidisciplinary rounds...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Grazielle Viana Ramos, André Miguel Japiassú, Fernando Augusto Bozza, Lusiele Guaraldo
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to develop a strategy to identify adverse drug events associated with drug-drug interactions by analyzing the prescriptions of critically ill patients. METHODS: This retrospective study included HIV/AIDS patients who were admitted to an intensive care unit between November 2006 and September 2008. Data were collected in two stages. In the first stage, three prescriptions administered throughout the entire duration of these patients' hospitalization were reviewed, with the Micromedex database used to search for potential drug-drug interactions...
February 19, 2018: Clinics
Olufunmilola Abraham, Jenny S Li, Kathy E Monangai, Alison M Feathers, Daniel Weiner
OBJECTIVES: To describe the critical need for pharmacists' involvement in outpatient care for people living with cystic fibrosis (CF). DATA SOURCES: Not applicable. SUMMARY: CF is a pulmonary condition that affects more than 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. Various complex medication regimens are given to patients with CF, some depending on the type of mutation they have in their CF transmembrane conductance regulator protein...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Kimberly D Defoe, Jennifer Jupp, Tara Leslie
Objectives To describe key activities performed by a newly deployed clinical pharmacist in an outpatient pediatric hematology, oncology, transplant clinic. To demonstrate how utilization of the pharmacist evolved, as indicated by changes in frequency of key activities, during the first four months of integration. Design Clinical pharmacists were made consistently available in an outpatient clinic serving hematology, oncology, transplant patients and their families. A list of key activities, based on provincial clinical pharmacist standards, was created to provide a framework for the role...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Lisa M Potter, Angela Q Maldonado, Krista L Lentine, Mark A Schnitzler, Zidong Zhang, Gregory P Hess, Edward Garrity, Bertram L Kasiske, David A Axelrod
Transplant immunosuppressants are often used off-label due to insufficient randomized prospective trial data to achieve organ-specific US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Transplant recipients who rely on Medicare Part D for immunosuppressant drug coverage are vulnerable to coverage denial for off-label prescriptions, unless use is supported by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved compendia. An integrated data set including national transplant registry data and 3 years of dispensed pharmacy records was used to identify the prevalence of immunosuppression use that is both off-label and not supported by CMS-approved compendia...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
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