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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077205/impact-of-pharmacists-in-optimizing-geriatric-pharmacotherapy-in-primary-care-within-a-veterans-affairs-medical-center
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Taryn B Mondiello, Lauren A Stutzman
OBJECTIVE: To assess pharmacists' impact on optimizing pharmacotherapy among geriatric patients. DESIGN: Single-site, prospective, quality-improvement project. SETTING: Primary care at a Veterans Affairs medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Thirteen males 75 years of age and older were included. INTERVENTIONS: Recommendations were made by pharmacists to optimize prescribing. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Differences between specific instances of suboptimal prescribing before and after pharmacists' recommendations, the percentage of pharmacists' recommendations accepted, and the top most commonly prescribed psychotropic medications and their most common indications...
January 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076549/training-of-pharmacy-technicians-for-dispensing-drugs-in-primary-health-care
#2
Daniela Oliveira de Melo, Caroline Godoi Rezende da Costa Molino, Eliane Ribeiro, Nicolina Silvana Romano-Lieber
Few Brazilian articles discuss the importance of pharmacy technicians who offer direct assistance to patients. This paper describes an experience of the training of pharmacy technicians in drug dispensing. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in the primary healthcare setting. The technicians were trained by the pharmacist to advise patients at the time of drug dispensing and to screen cases that needed pharmaceutical consultation. Problems were identified by verifying the prescription and return date for dispensing the medication as well as through direct questioning of the patients...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076546/pharmacist-s-contribution-to-the-promotion-of-access-and-rational-use-of-essential-medicines-in-sus
#3
Daniela Oliveira de Melo, Lia Lusitana Cardozo de Castro
Objective: to describe the pharmaceutical inclusion process in a Basic Health Unit multidisciplinary team and evaluate results related to rational use and promotion of access to essential medicines. Methods: This is a descriptive, cross-sectional study conducted in a primary care health unit in the city of São Paulo. Pharmacist's activities were evaluated regarding the service structure and organization and prescribing quality improvement, guidance method creation, and implementation of clinical pharmacy service...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071806/gps-perspectives-on-prescribing-for-older-people-in-primary-care-a-qualitative-study
#4
David O Riordan, Stephen Byrne, Aoife Fleming, Patricia M Kearney, Rose Galvin, Carol Sinnott
AIMS: The aim of this study was firstly to reveal the determinants of GP prescribing behaviour for older adults in primary care and secondly to elicit GPs' views on the potential role for broad intervention strategies involving pharmacists and/or information technology systems in general practice. METHODS: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were carried out with a purposive sample of GPs. Three multidisciplinary researchers independently coded the interview data using a framework approach...
January 10, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069679/survey-of-pharmacist-prescribing-practices-in-alberta
#5
Lisa M Guirguis, Christine A Hughes, Mark J Makowsky, Cheryl A Sadowski, Theresa J Schindel, Nese Yuksel
PURPOSE: Results of a survey to characterize pharmacist prescribing in the Canadian province of Alberta are reported. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of a random sample of pharmacists registered with the Alberta College of Pharmacists was conducted. The survey was developed in four stages, with evidence of reliability and construct validity compiled. Analysis of variance and chi-square testing were used to compare prescribing behaviors. RESULTS: Three hundred fifty of 692 invited pharmacists (51%) completed the survey, with 76...
January 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064508/assessing-the-effect-of-pharmacist-care-on-diabetes-related-outcomes-in-a-rural-outpatient-clinic
#6
Cynthia Moreau, Karen R Sando, Daniel H Zambrano
BACKGROUND: The care of diabetic patients in rural areas is complicated by factors such as poor health literacy, cultural barriers, and primary care provider (PCP) shortages. Integrating pharmacist care in diabetes management in these settings may increase access to care and improve patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate differences in diabetes-related outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) managed by a pharmacist diabetes clinic compared with patients only managed by PCPs in a rural family medicine clinic...
December 1, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057950/reduction-of-30-day-hospital-readmissions-after-patient-centric-telephonic-medication-therapy-management-services
#7
Daryl E Miller, Teresa E Roane, Karen D McLin
Background: Transitional care programs are a growing topic in health care systems across the country, with a focus on achieving a reduction in hospital readmissions and improving patient and medication safety. Numerous strategies have been employed and studied to determine successful approaches to patient transition from the hospital setting to the home setting. Pharmacist-mediated postdischarge telephonic outreach has demonstrated decreased hospital readmission rates in multiple hospital systems. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of pharmacist-facilitated telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) services on reducing hospital readmissions...
December 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057949/impact-of-targeted-educational-interventions-on-clostridium-difficile-infection-treatment-in-critically-ill-adults
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Drayton A Hammond, Catherine A Hughes, Jacob T Painter, Rose E Pennick, Kshitij Chatterjee, Bradley Boye, Nikhil Meena
Background: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a growing clinical and economic burden throughout the world. Pharmacists often are members of the primary care team in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting; however, the impact of pharmacists educating other health care providers on appropriateness of CDI treatment has not been previously examined. Objective: This study was performed to determine the impact of structured educational interventions on CDI treatment on appropriateness of CDI treatment and clinical outcomes...
December 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057024/behavior-change-interventions-and-policies-influencing-primary-healthcare-professionals-practice-an-overview-of-reviews
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Bhupendrasinh F Chauhan, Maya Jeyaraman, Amrinder Singh Mann, Justin Lys, Becky Skidmore, Kathryn M Sibley, Ahmed Abou-Setta, Ryan Zarychanksi
BACKGROUND: There is a plethora of interventions and policies aimed at changing practice habits of primary healthcare professionals, but it is unclear which are the most appropriate, sustainable, and effective. We aimed to evaluate the evidence on behavior change interventions and policies directed at healthcare professionals working in primary healthcare centers. METHODS: Study design: overview of reviews. DATA SOURCE: MEDLINE (Ovid), Embase (Ovid), The Cochrane Library (Wiley), CINAHL (EbscoHost), and grey literature (January 2005 to July 2015)...
January 5, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050712/optimizing-the-use-of-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-for-atrial-fibrilation-in-primary-care-a-pharmacist-led-intervention
#10
Mandeep S Virdee, Derek Stewart
Background Updated evidence-based guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation (AF) necessitate patient review, particularly with respect to oral anticoagulants, to ensure maximum health gain around stroke prophylaxis. Objective To quantify the level of anticoagulation utilisation in patients with a CHA2DS2-VASc ≥1/≥2 (male/female) according to evidence-based guidelines and to assess the impact of a pharmacist-led intervention to optimise therapy. Setting Fifteen general medical practices in Liverpool, North-West England with a practice population of 99,129...
January 3, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035037/evaluation-of-a-care-transition-program-with-pharmacist-provided-home-based-medication-review-for-elderly-singaporeans-at-high-risk-of-readmissions
#11
McVin Hua Heng Cheen, Chong Ping Goon, Wan Chee Ong, Paik Shia Lim, Choon Nam Wan, Mei Yan Leong, Giat Yeng Khee
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine whether pharmacist-provided home-based medication review (HBMR) can reduce readmissions in the elderly. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Patient's home. PARTICIPANTS: Records of patients referred to a care transition program from March 2011 through March 2015 were reviewed. Patients aged 60 years and older taking more than 5 medications and had at least 2 unplanned admissions within 3 months preceding the first home visit were included...
December 29, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034342/an-evaluation-of-experiences-and-views-of-scottish-leadership-training-opportunities-amongst-primary-care-professionals
#12
Ailsa Power, Helen Allbutt, Lucy Munro, Marion MacLeod, Susan Kennedy, Donald Cameron, Ken Scoular, Graham Orr, John Gillies
AIM: To determine experiences of leadership training of six primary care professions in Scotland and consider future development. METHODS: A questionnaire on previous leadership course attendance and future intentions was distributed to community pharmacists, general dental practitioners, general practitioners, practice nurses, practice managers and optometrists. Analysis comprised descriptive statistics for closed questions and management of textual data. RESULTS: Formal leadership training participation was fairly low except for practice managers...
December 30, 2016: Education for Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025163/use-of-medicinal-plants-by-health-professionals-in-mexico
#13
Angel Josabad Alonso-Castro, Fabiola Domínguez, Juan José Maldonado-Miranda, Luis Jesús Castillo-Pérez, Candy Carranza-Álvarez, Eloy Solano, Mario Alberto Isiordia-Espinoza, María Del Carmen Juárez-Vázquez, Juan Ramón Zapata-Morales, Marco Antonio Argueta-Fuertes, Alan Joel Ruiz-Padilla, César Rogelio Solorio-Alvarado, Joceline Estefanía Rangel-Velázquez, Rolffy Ortiz-Andrade, Ignacio González-Sánchez, Gustavo Cruz-Jiménez, Luis Manuel Orozco-Castellanos
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The use of medicinal plants in Mexico has been documented since pre-Hispanic times. Nevertheless, the level of use of medicinal plants by health professionals in Mexico remains to be explored. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the use, acceptance and prescription of medicinal plants by health professionals in 9 of the states of Mexico MATERIALS AND METHODS: Direct and indirect interviews, regarding the use and acceptance of medicinal plants, with health professionals (n=1614), including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and odontologists from nine states in Mexico were performed from January 2015 to July 2016...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012712/unintended-consequences-of-adjusting-citalopram-prescriptions-following-the-2011-fda-warning
#14
Lauren B Gerlach, Helen C Kales, Donovan T Maust, Claire Chiang, Claire Stano, Hae Mi Choe, Kara Zivin
OBJECTIVES: In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement cautioning providers against prescribing citalopram above 40 mg per day given concerns for QT prolongation. We assessed the impact of a health system quality improvement initiative to identify patients taking higher than the recommended dose of citalopram. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Nine primary care clinics within the University of Michigan from March 2012 to February 2013...
November 18, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012426/perceived-safety-and-efficacy-of-neuromuscular-blockers-for-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-among-medical-intensive-care-unit-practitioners-a-multicenter-survey
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Heather Torbic, Seth R Bauer, Heather A Personett, Amy L Dzierba, Joanna L Stollings, Lindsay P Ryder, Craig E Daniels, Sean M Caples, Erin N Frazee
PURPOSE: Neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs) are frequently used in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The purpose of this survey is to describe providers' knowledge and perceived efficacy and safety of NMBAs in patients with ARDS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a prospective, multicenter survey of medical intensive care unit intensivists, fellows, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician's assistants (PAs), and pharmacists at 5 tertiary care centers between July 2012 and May 2013...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996358/expanding-pharmacy-roles-and-the-interprofessional-experience-in-primary-healthcare-a-qualitative-study
#16
Andrea Silvaggi, Shereen Nabhani-Gebara, Scott Reeves
The pharmacist role is undergoing significant changes which are reshaping the way primary healthcare is delivered throughout England. Due to increased physician workload and focus on primary healthcare, the pharmacist role has expanded to provide enhanced patient services, integrating into general practice (GP) settings and working more closely as a member of the healthcare team. However, the experiences of pharmacists and team members are yet to be explored. The proposed study aims to explore the experiences, thoughts, and perceptions of a purposive sample of pharmacists, physicians, and nurses working in 10 GP clinics throughout the southeast of England...
January 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995826/patient-staff-and-clinician-perspectives-on-implementing-electronic-communications-in-an-interdisciplinary-rural-family-health-practice
#17
Feng Chang, Thivaher Paramsothy, Matthew Roche, Nishi S Gupta
: Aim To conduct an environmental scan of a rural primary care clinic to assess the feasibility of implementing an e-communications system between patients and clinic staff. BACKGROUND: Increasing demands on healthcare require greater efficiencies in communications and services, particularly in rural areas. E-communications may improve clinic efficiency and delivery of healthcare but raises concerns about patient privacy and data security. METHODS: We conducted an environmental scan at one family health team clinic, a high-volume interdisciplinary primary care practice in rural southwestern Ontario, Canada, to determine the feasibility of implementing an e-communications system between its patients and staff...
December 20, 2016: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984006/improving-warfarin-management-within-the-medical-home-a-health-system-approach
#18
Anne E Rose, Erin N Robinson, Joan A Premo, Lori J Hauschild, Philip J Trapskin, Ann M McBride
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation clinics have been considered the optimal strategy for warfarin management with demonstrated improved patient outcomes through increased time in therapeutic international normalized ratio (INR) range, decreased critical INR values, and decreased anticoagulation-related adverse events. However, not all health systems are able to support a specialized anticoagulation clinic or may see patient volume exceed available anticoagulation clinic resources. The purpose of this study was to utilize an anticoagulation clinic model to standardize warfarin management in a primary care clinic setting...
October 27, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978837/what-works-for-whom-in-pharmacist-led-smoking-cessation-support-realist-review
#19
Trisha Greenhalgh, Fraser Macfarlane, Liz Steed, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: New models of primary care are needed to address funding and staffing pressures. We addressed the research question "what works for whom in what circumstances in relation to the role of community pharmacies in providing lifestyle interventions to support smoking cessation?" METHODS: This is a realist review conducted according to RAMESES standards. We began with a sample of 103 papers included in a quantitative review of community pharmacy intervention trials identified through systematic searching of seven databases...
December 16, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977649/medicines-information-in-new-zealand-current-services-and-future-potential
#20
Chloë Campbell, Caroline Morris, Rhiannon Braund
AIM: To determine the current availability and role of medicines information services in New Zealand. METHOD: A 36-question online survey was used to collect quantitative data about four areas of medicines information service provision: structure, availability, users and governance. The pharmacy service leader of each of the 29 public hospitals was invited by e-mail to participate. If considered appropriate, another member of the pharmacy staff could be nominated to complete the survey on their behalf...
December 16, 2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
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