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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022823/impact-of-a-medication-reconciliation-program-on-cardiac-surgery-patients
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Abdulrazaq S Al-Jazairi, Lujain Khalid Al-Suhaibani, Rayd A Al-Mehizia, Salma Al-Khani, Glyn Lewis, Edward B De Vol, Elias Juan Saad
Background Cardiac surgery patients are at high risk of medication errors. Resumption of home medications reduces the significance and number of medication errors. This could be achieved by implementing a medication reconciliation program. Patients and Methods Patients were eligible for inclusion in this prospective study if they were admitted, transferred, and/or discharged under cardiac surgery team care from September 2015 to March 2016. The primary outcome was the number and proportion of unintentional medication discrepancies...
January 1, 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988689/residency-pathways-to-ambulatory-care-practice-essential-insights-for-students-residents-and-educators
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Sarah M Westberg, Stuart J Beatty, Andrea R Corona, Sarah Deines, Karen M Gunning, Holly E Gurgle, Haley S Holtan, Macary Weck Marciniak, Karen J McConnell, Melissa A Somma McGivney, Rachana J Patel
OBJECTIVE: To provide a guiding document describing residency training opportunities in ambulatory care for students, postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residents, practicing pharmacists, and pharmacy educators. SUMMARY: Student pharmacists, residents, practitioners, and educators can benefit from a guiding document describing the various pathways to develop as an ambulatory care practitioner through residency training. The benefits and differences of PGY1 and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) ambulatory care residency programs are included...
October 5, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972983/gabapentin-opioids-and-the-risk-of-opioid-related-death-a-population-based-nested-case-control-study
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Tara Gomes, David N Juurlink, Tony Antoniou, Muhammad M Mamdani, J Michael Paterson, Wim van den Brink
BACKGROUND: Prescription opioid use is highly associated with risk of opioid-related death, with 1 of every 550 chronic opioid users dying within approximately 2.5 years of their first opioid prescription. Although gabapentin is widely perceived as safe, drug-induced respiratory depression has been described when gabapentin is used alone or in combination with other medications. Because gabapentin and opioids are both commonly prescribed for pain, the likelihood of co-prescription is high...
October 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970607/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-fresno-test-of-competence-in-evidence-based-medicine-in-doctor-of-pharmacy-students
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Valerie Coppenrath, Lee Anne Filosa, Elizabeth Akselrod, Katherine M Carey
Objective. To adapt and validate an instrument assessing competence in evidence-based medicine (EBM) in Doctor of Pharmacy students. Methods. The Fresno test was validated in medical residents. We adapted it for use in pharmacy students. A total of 120 students and faculty comprised the validation set. Internal reliability, item difficulty, and item discrimination were assessed. Construct validity was assessed by comparing mean total scores of students to faculty, and comparing proportions of students and faculty who passed each item...
August 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970458/current-status-and-future-suggestions-for-improving-the-pharm-d-curriculum-towards-clinical-pharmacy-practice-in-pakistan
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Saima Mahmood Malhi, Hassan Raza, Kiran Ajmal, Sumbul Shamim, Saniya Ata, Salman Farooq, Syed Muhammad Sharib, Sidrat-Ul Muntaha
Objectives & Background: Good curriculum is reflected as the backbone for standard universities to develop competitive professionals having great potential. Pharmacy education in Pakistan has gone through the same developmental stages as in other countries, but is still striving for improvement. In the present study, we want (i) to know the opinion on whether the current pharmacy curriculum requires any improvement in order to meet the training needs of pharmacy professionals regarding clinical knowledge and pharmacy practice; and (ii) to present some humble suggestions to decision-making authorities in order to improve it with respect to patient-focused programs (PFP)...
August 17, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970415/from-learning-to-decision-making-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-a-clinical-pharmacist-steered-journal-club
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Sherine Ismail, Sara Al Khansa, Mohammed Aseeri, Hani Alhamdan, K H Mujtaba Quadri
Journal clubs have been traditionally incorporated into academic training programs to enhance competency in the interpretation of literature. We designed a structured journal club (JC) to improve skills in the interpretation of literature; however, we were not aware of how learners (interns, residents, clinical pharmacists, etc.) would perceive it. We aimed to assess the perception of learners at different levels of pharmacy training. A cross-sectional design was used. A self-administered online survey was emailed to JC attendees from 2010-2014 at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia...
January 12, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963987/how-the-built-environment-affects-change-in-older-people-s-physical-activity-a-mixed-methods-approach-using-longitudinal-health-survey-data-in-urban-china
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Peiling Zhou, Sue C Grady, Guo Chen
Although the general population in China is physically active, only 45% of older adults meet the World Health Organization's recommendation for weekly moderate-to-vigorous exercise, to achieve health benefits. This percentage is even lower (9.8%) in urban China. It is, therefore, important to understand the pathways by which physical activity behaviors are impacted by the built environment. This study utilized a mixed methods approach-interviews (n = 42) and longitudinal (2010-2015) health survey data (n = 3094) for older people residing in three neighborhoods in Huainan, a mid-sized city in Anhui Province, central eastern China...
September 22, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958029/short-and-long-term-impacts-of-neighborhood-built-environment-on-self-rated-health-of-older-adults
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Amy Spring
Background and Objectives: Proximity to health care, healthy foods, and recreation is linked to improved health in older adults while deterioration of the built environment is a risk factor for poor health. Yet, it remains unclear whether individuals prone to good health self-select into favorable built environments and how long-term exposure to deteriorated environments impacts health. This study uses a longitudinal framework to address these questions. Research Design and Methods: The study analyzes 3,240 Americans aged 45 or older from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics with good self-reported health at baseline, and follows them from 1999 to 2013...
July 26, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951137/a-pharmacist-driven-academic-detailing-program-to-increase-adult-pneumococcal-vaccination
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Aisling R Caffrey, Jennifer M DeAngelis, Kristina E Ward, K Kelly Orr, Haley J Morrill, Michael Gosciminski, Kerry L LaPlante
OBJECTIVES: To describe our statewide, pharmacist-led education campaign to increase knowledge and awareness of pneumococcal immunization recommendations. SETTING: Immunization providers and residents in the state of Rhode Island. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: A clinical pathway (i.e., decision-support tool) was developed to educate health professionals about appropriate indications, administration schedules, and frequently asked questions for the 2 different adult pneumococcal vaccines...
September 23, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951136/exploring-employer-job-requirements-an-analysis-of-pharmacy-job-announcements
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James S Wheeler, Tien Ngo, Jasmine Cecil, Nancy Borja-Hart
OBJECTIVES: Postgraduate training, dual degrees, and board certifications are credentials viewed by academic pharmacy communities and professional organizations as positive assets for those seeking pharmacist jobs; however, a key question merits further investigation: do these views match employer expectations? The primary objective of this study was to identify the most common qualifications employers require as stated in job advertisements. METHODS: Pharmacist job postings from the aggregate jobs website Indeed...
September 23, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934403/improving-inpatient-medication-adherence-using-attendant-education-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-uganda
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Patricia Alupo, Richard Ssekitoleko, Tracy Rabin, Robert Kalyesubula, Ivan Kimuli, Benjamin E Bodnar
Quality problem: Although widely utilized in resource-rich health care systems, the use of quality improvement (QI) techniques is less common in resource-limited environments. Uganda is a resource-limited country in Sub-Saharan Africa that faces many challenges with health care delivery. These challenges include understaffing, inconsistent drug availability and inefficient systems that limit the provision of clinical care. Initial assessment: Poor adherence to prescribed inpatient medications was identified as a key shortcoming of clinical care on the internal medicine wards of Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala, Uganda...
August 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912054/effectiveness-of-pharmacist-interventions-on-cardiovascular-risk-in-patients-with-ckd-a-subgroup-analysis-of-the-randomized-controlled-rxeach-trial
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Yazid N Al Hamarneh, Ross T Tsuyuki, Charlotte A Jones, Braden Manns, Marcello Tonelli, Nairne Scott-Douglass, Kailash Jindal, Wendy Tink, Brenda R Hemmelgarn
BACKGROUND: Affecting a substantial proportion of adults, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is considered a major risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) events. It has been reported that patients with CKD are underserved when it comes to CV risk reduction efforts. STUDY DESIGN: Prespecified subgroup analysis of a randomized controlled trial. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Adults with CKD and at least 1 uncontrolled CV risk factor were enrolled from 56 pharmacies across Alberta, Canada...
September 11, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893729/expansion-of-inpatient-clinical-pharmacy-services-through-reallocation-of-pharmacists
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Amanda J Sowell, Emily C Pherson, Virna I Almuete, Jennifer V Gillespie, Vi Gilmore, Megan Jensen, Ravi Nehra, Kimberly M Durand, Todd W Nesbit, Meghan D Swarthout, Leigh E Efird
PURPOSE: The redesign of an inpatient pharmacy practice model through reallocation of pharmacy resources in order to expand clinical services is described. METHODS: A pharmacy practice model change was implemented at a nonprofit academic medical center to meet the increasing demand for direct patient care services. In order to accomplish this change, the following steps were completed: reevaluation of daily tasks and responsibilities, reallocation of remaining tasks to the most appropriate pharmacy staff member, determination of the ideal number of positions needed to complete each task, and reorganization of the model into a collection of teams...
September 11, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891393/improving-ambulatory-care-resident-training-preparing-for-opportunities-to-treat-mental-illness-in-the-primary-care-setting
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Nada M Farhat, Jolene R Bostwick, Stuart D Rockafellow
PURPOSE: The development of an outpatient psychiatry clinical practice learning experience for PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy residents in preparation for the treatment of psychiatric disorders in the primary care setting is described. SUMMARY: With the increased prevalence of psychiatric disorders, significant mortality, and limited access to care, integration of mental health treatment into the primary care setting is necessary to improve patient outcomes. Given the majority of mental health treatment occurs in the primary care setting, pharmacists in patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are in a unique position with direct access to patients to effectively manage these illnesses...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887290/individual-feedback-to-reduce-inappropriate-antimicrobial-prescriptions-for-treating-acute-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-in-an-outpatient-setting-of-a-thai-university-hospital
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Pinyo Rattanaumpawan, Nuttagarn Chuenchom, Visanu Thamlikitkul
BACKGROUND: Excessive antimicrobial use for acute Upper Respiratory InfectionBackground Excessive antimicrobial use for acute Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) is one of the most common problems in clinical practice. Interventions are needed to reduce antimicrobial overuse in these common infections.s (URIs) is one of the most common problems in clinical practice. Interventions are needed to reduce antimicrobial overuse in these common infections. METHODS: During a 9-month study period (June 2014-February 2015), we conducted a quasi-experimental (pre/post) study among internal medicine residents and fellows in an outpatient setting of Siriraj Hospital, Thailand...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853035/expanding-antimicrobial-stewardship-to-urgent-care-centers-through-a-pharmacist-led-culture-follow-up-program
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Lisa E Dumkow, Thomas S Beuschel, Kasey L Brandt
INTRODUCTION: Urgent care centers represent a high-volume outpatient setting where antibiotics are prescribed frequently but resources for antimicrobial stewardship may be scarce. In 2015, our pharmacist-led Emergency Department (ED) culture follow-up program was expanded to include two urgent care (UC) sites within the same health system. The UC program is conducted by ED and infectious diseases clinical pharmacists as well as PGY1 pharmacy residents using a collaborative practice agreement (CPA)...
August 29, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841101/implementation-and-evaluation-of-medicine-and-therapeutic-information-service-by-clinical-pharmacists-in-oncology-care-setting
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Himanshu Patel, Parthasarathi Gurumurthy
Background This study was conducted to explore the role of clinical pharmacists in providing medicine and therapeutic information service in oncology care setting. Methods It was a prospective study conducted for a period of three years after implementation of medicine and therapeutic information service as an integral part of oncology pharmacy services. The medicine and therapeutic information queries were received during ward rounds, at ambulatory care and via telephone by clinical pharmacists. All the medicine and therapeutic information requests were reviewed and answered to the concerned requester(s)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834100/the-epidemiology-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-women-of-reproductive-age-in-highly-endemic-areas-in-china
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H Zheng, F Q Cui, F Z Wang, L F Huang, X P Shao, J F Du, J Li, Y Zhou, H Z Zheng, J T Zhuo, X X Zeng, G M Zhang, N Miao, X J Sun, X F Liang, H M Luo
We describe the epidemiology of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection among women of reproductive age residing in areas of China that are highly endemic for chronic HBV, and provide evidence useful for decision-makers to guide strategies for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HBV, and assess the impact of perinatal transmission PMTCT by projecting HBsAg prevalence trends without interventions. We conducted a cross-sectional HBV serological survey of women, 15-49 years of age, residing in Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan provinces...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830868/efficient-and-effective-precepting-of-pharmacy-students-in-acute-and-ambulatory-care-rotations-a-delphi-expert-panel-study
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Robert Ignoffo, Lucinda Chan, Katherine Knapp, Emily Chan, Eric Ip, Jason Bandy, Kathleen Besinque, James Colbert, Jeremiah J Duby, Joseph S Galanto, Mark Gloudeman, Patty Havard, Grant Lackey, Eric Lozano, James Scott, Tania L Stewart
PURPOSE: Using the Delphi process, a panel of experienced preceptors achieved consensus on best practices to increase preceptor efficiency and effectiveness. METHODS: The Delphi panelists completed 3 survey rounds and a face-to-face meeting. Survey questions covered several topics, including preparation of students for rotations, preceptor efficiency and effectiveness, potential resident contributions to precepting, methods of developing critical-thinking skills and providing assessment and feedback, precepting time metrics, and barriers to preceptor effectiveness...
August 22, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830660/population-characteristics-associated-with-pharmacy-based-influenza-vaccination-in-united-states-survey-data
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Sushmitha Inguva, Jessica M Sautter, Grace J Chun, Brandon J Patterson, William F McGhan
OBJECTIVES: To examine the population characteristics associated with the health behavior of receiving an influenza vaccine from a pharmacy-based setting. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of data from states that participated in an optional influenza module in the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a state-based observational survey of U.S. adults. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Analytic sample of 28,954 respondents from 8 states and Puerto Rico who reported receiving an influenza vaccination in the past year...
August 19, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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