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Helen Benson, Cherie Lucas, Walter Kmet, Shalom I Benrimoj, Kylie Williams
Background Team based care has been used internationally to improve the delivery of best practice primary health care. The WentWest General Practice Pharmacist Project, involving the integration of pharmacists within general practice teams, was commissioned to improve medication management of general practice patients. A particular focus of the project was the performance of medication review to allow the detection and resolution of drug related problems (DRPs). Objective The objectives of this 6-month study (October 2016-March 2017) were to: (1) identify and classify the DRPs detected as a result of pharmacist activities within a general practice primary care setting...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Michelle C Corrado
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March 2018: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
Luke Miller, Thanh Hogan, Benedick Bato, Donald Floresca, Aaron Spaulding
The patient experience in the hospital has become an increasingly important measure of how well a healthcare system functions. Poor experiences as reported by patients have been associated with decreased compliance to medication instructions as well as increased recovery time from illness. While other studies have demonstrated the benefit of pharmacist counseling during patient discharge, the benefit of pharmacist intervention during the patient's hospital stay remains to be seen. This study was an institutional review board-approved pre-/post-analysis assessing patients' perception of medication communications during hospitalization in an academic teaching hospital...
March 2018: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
Laurence Guillaumie, Alice Ndayizigiye, Clément Beaucage, Jocelyne Moisan, Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Denis Villeneuve, Sophie Lauzier
Objectives: Patients prescribed antidepressant drug treatment (ADT) for major depression report several needs in relation to their treatment, and a large proportion of these patients will end ADT prematurely. Community pharmacists may play an important role in monitoring ADT and supporting these patients. However, little is known about patient experiences of the services provided in community pharmacies. The objectives of this study were to 1) explore patients' experiences with the services community pharmacists provide for ADT and 2) identify potential avenues for improvement of pharmacists' services within the context of ADT...
March 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
Lee Verweel, Zahava R S Rosenberg-Yunger, Taranom Movahedi, Allan H Malek
Background: Canada legalized assisted dying with the passing of Bill C-14, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), in June 2016. This legislation has implications for health care professionals participating in MAiD. This research aims to understand the effect that MAiD has on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Canada. Methods: We conducted a thematic document analysis of pharmacy guidelines, position statements and standards of practice from pharmacy regulatory authorities across Canada...
March 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
Katharine Wallis, Rebecca Tuckey
INTRODUCTION High-risk prescribing in general practice is common and places patients at increased risk of adverse events. AIM The Safer Prescribing and Care for the Elderly (SPACE) intervention, comprising audit and feedback plus practice mail-out to patients with high-risk prescribing, was designed to promote medicines review and support safer prescribing. This study aims to test the SPACE intervention feasibility in general practice. METHODS This feasibility study involved an Auckland Primary Health Organisation (PHO), a clinical advisory pharmacist, two purposively sampled urban general practices, and seven GPs...
June 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Chloë Campbell, Rhiannon Braund, Caroline Morris
INTRODUCTION Recognition of the need to reduce harm and optimise patient outcomes from the use of medicines is contributing to an evolution of pharmacy practice in primary health care internationally. This evolution is changing community pharmacy and leading to new models of care that enable pharmacist contribution beyond traditional realms. There is little information about the extent of these changes in New Zealand. AIM The aim of this study was to investigate emerging roles of pharmacists in primary health care...
December 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Nathaniel M Rickles, Amy L Huang, Michelle B Gunther, Winney J Chan
BACKGROUND: Prescription opioid abuse has rapidly increased in recent years and is now considered a national epidemic by the United States government. Community pharmacies are at the forefront of opioid abuse, given their role in dispensing opioid prescriptions. Despite this role, however, there are few known guidelines to help community pharmacists navigate the process of detecting and managing prescription opioid abuse. OBJECTIVES: To develop and evaluate a candidate guideline, based on clinical experience and existing literature, to help community pharmacists monitor and manage potential opioid prescription abuse...
February 21, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Anne L Donovan, J Matthew Aldrich, A Kendall Gross, Denise M Barchas, Kevin C Thornton, Hildy M Schell-Chaple, Michael A Gropper, Angela K M Lipshutz
OBJECTIVES: We describe the importance of interprofessional care in modern critical care medicine. This review highlights the essential roles played by specific members of the interprofessional care team, including patients and family members, and discusses quality improvement initiatives that require interprofessional collaboration for success. DATA SOURCES: Studies were identified through MEDLINE search using a variety of search phrases related to interprofessional care, critical care provider types, and quality improvement initiatives...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Elisabeth van Gessel, Patricia Picchiottino, Robert Doureradjam, Mathieu Nendaz, Petra Mèche
AIMS: Demography of patients and complexity in the management of multimorbid conditions has made collaborative practice a necessity for the future, also in Switzerland. Since 2012, the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) and its Healthcare School as well as the University of Geneva (UG) with its Medical Faculty have joined forces to implement a training program in collaborative practice, using simulation as one of the main learning/teaching process. METHODS: The actual program consists of three sequential modules and totalizes 300 h of teaching and learning for approximately 1400-1500 students from six tracks (nutritionists, physiotherapists, midwives, nurses, technologists in medical radiology, physicians); in 2019 another hundred pharmacists will also be included...
March 8, 2018: Medical Teacher
Gennaro A Paolella, Andrew D Boyd, Scott M Wirth, Sandra Cuellar, Neeta K Venepalli, Stephanie Y Crawford
Interprofessional care is exhibited in outpatient oncology practices where practitioners from a myriad of specialties (e.g., oncology, nursing, pharmacy, health informatics and others) work collectively with patients to enhance therapeutic outcomes and minimize adverse effects. Historically, most ambulatory-based anticancer medication therapies have been administrated in infusion clinics or physician offices. Oral anticancer medications (OAMs) have become increasingly prevalent and preferred by patients for use in residential or other non-clinic settings...
March 8, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Zahira Latif, Abhishek Abhishek
To discuss alternate models of long-term gout management RECENT FINDINGS: Nurse-led care of gout appears to improve the uptake of and adherence to urate-lowering treatment in a research setting. Less impressive improvements were achieved with pharmacist-led remote management of gout; however, both strategies were more effective than usual primary care provider management of gout. Individualised education about gout, patient involvement in decision-making, and access to trained support in managing side-effects and gout flares can improve the uptake of fine and adherence to urate-lowering treatment...
March 8, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
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
Ginah Nightingale, Laura T Pizzi, Ashley Barlow, Brooke Barlow, Timothy Jacisin, Matthew McGuire, Kristine Swartz, Andrew Chapman
OBJECTIVES: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) represent an escalating concern for older adults attributed to polypharmacy, multi-morbidity and organ dysfunction. Few studies have evaluated the prevalence of major DDIs and the variability between DDI detection software which confuses management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prevalence of major DDIs was examined as a secondary analysis of outpatients aged ≥65 years. Demographic and clinical information was collected from electronic health records including age, sex, race, cancer type, comorbidities, and medications...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Yoshihito Morimoto, Hidefumi Takei, Keisei Tachibana, Yoko Nakazato, Ryota Tanaka, Yasushi Nagashima, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Reisuke Seki, Takao Shinohara, Haruhiko Kondo
 Adjuvant cisplatin-vinorelbine chemotherapy has been shown to be effective in patients with completely resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in several Phase III trials, but not yet in the Japanese population. Pharmacists are expected to assist patients with completion of adjuvant chemotherapy. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the compliance with and safety of adjuvant cisplatin-vinorelbine chemotherapy in Japanese patients and to evaluate the contribution of pharmacists to completion of treatment...
2018: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Masaaki Ishibashi, Masakazu Ishii, Miku Nagano, Yuji Kiuchi, Sanju Iwamoto
 Previous reports suggested that sharing outpatient information during chemotherapy is very important for managing pharmaceutical usage between community pharmacies and hospitals. We herein examined using a questionnaire survey whether pharmaceutical management for outpatient chemotherapy is desired by community and hospital pharmacists. The response rates were 44.3% (133/300) for pharmacists in community pharmacies and 53.7% (161/300) for pharmacists in hospitals. Prescriptions for outpatients during chemotherapy were issued at 88...
2018: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Zubin Austin, Paul A M Gregory
BACKGROUND: The framing of competence as a binary "either-or" process may be shaped by the measurement tools and assessment methods used to define it. Blunt measures such as passing or failing a licensure examination, or revoking/suspending a license after a single dispensing error fosters anxiety amongst professionals and potentially leads to behaviours where learning needs are actually hidden from educators, employers or regulators. Such framing may not accurately capture the lived experience of those labelled "incompetent" and in fact may be counterproductive to remediation and skills enhancement...
February 27, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Philip Crilly, Wasim Hassanali, Gary Khanna, Kiranjit Matharu, Deep Patel, Disha Patel, Fahmida Rahman, Reem Kayyali
BACKGROUND: A number of barriers prevent community pharmacists (CPs) from impacting public health (PH) outcomes. Social media (SM) and mobile health apps (MH apps) may offer ways to help the public make positive health decisions. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate CP perceptions of their role in PH and the use of SM and MH apps in this regard. METHODS: This was a mixed method study using a cross-sectional survey and follow-up interviews. The survey covered: CPs role in PH; CP use of SM; CP use of MH apps; non-identifiable demographic information...
February 19, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Lies De Bock, Eline Tommelein, Hans Baekelandt, Wim Maes, Koen Boussery, Annemie Somers
For the majority of Belgian hospitals, a pharmacist-led full medication review process is not standard care and, therefore, challenging to introduce. With this study, we aimed to evaluate the successes and barriers of the implementation of a pharmacist-led full medication review process in the geriatric ward at a local Belgian hospital. To this end, we carried out an interventional study, performing a full medication review on older patients (≥70 years) with polypharmacy (≥5 drugs) who had an unplanned admission to the geriatric ward...
February 28, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
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)
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