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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/28737983/advancing-patient-care-through-specialty-pharmacy-services-in-an-academic-health-system
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Autumn Bagwell, Tara Kelley, Alicia Carver, Jennifer B Lee, Brandon Newman
BACKGROUND: With the rapid growth of specialty pharmacies, including those within academic health systems, pharmacists have the opportunity to improve patient care through the management of specialty medications. Specialty pharmacists within academic health systems are uniquely positioned to overcome restrictions to medication access, financial constraints, and provider burdens that often lead to obstacles for patients to start and maintain necessary treatments. The Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy (VSP) model at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) provides an example of a patient-centered, collaborative care prototype that places pharmacists directly into specialty clinics to assist with comprehensive management of patients on specialty medications...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511852/introducing-a-checking-technician-allows-pharmacists-to-spend-more-time-on-patient-focused-activities
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Patti Napier, Pauline Norris, Rhiannon Braund
BACKGROUND: Internationally there is an increasing focus on the clinical and cognitive services that pharmacists can provide. Lack of time has been identified as a barrier to pharmacists increasing their clinical activities. Within the pharmacy workplace there are many tasks that can only be performed by a pharmacist. The final accuracy check of a dispensed prescription is currently the sole responsibility of pharmacists in New Zealand. This takes up a significant amount of time during a pharmacist's work day...
May 11, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292508/pharmacy-based-statewide-naloxone-distribution-a-novel-top-down-bottom-up-approach
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Kate J Morton, Brianna Harrand, Carly Cloud Floyd, Craig Schaefer, Julie Acosta, Bridget Claire Logan, Karen Clark
OBJECTIVE: To highlight New Mexico's multifaceted approach to widespread pharmacy naloxone distribution and to share the interventions as a tool for improving pharmacy-based naloxone practices in other states. SETTING: New Mexico had the second highest drug overdose death rate in 2014 of which 53% were related to prescription opioids. Opioid overdose death is preventable through the use of naloxone, a safe and effective medication that reverses the effects of prescription opioids and heroin...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286591/conflict-in-community-pharmacy-practice-the-experience-of-pharmacists-technicians-and-assistants
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Paul A M Gregory, Zubin Austin
BACKGROUND: Intraprofessional conflict among pharmacists, regulated technicians and assistants may undermine attempts to advance patient care in community pharmacy. There is no available research examining this issue in light of the evolution of the profession and roles within the profession. METHODS: A combination of interviews and focus groups involving pharmacists, technicians and assistants was undertaken. Each participant completed the Conflict Management Scale as a way of identifying conflict management style...
January 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272596/a-time-and-motion-study-of-pharmacists-and-pharmacy-technicians-obtaining-admission-medication-histories
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Caroline B Nguyen, Rita Shane, Douglas S Bell, Galen Cook-Wiens, Joshua M Pevnick
Pharmacists' admission medication histories (AMHs) are known to reduce adverse drug events (ADEs). Pharmacist-supervised pharmacy technicians (PSPTs) have also been used in this role. Nonetheless, few studies estimate the costs of utilizing PSPTs to obtain AMHs. We used time and motion methodology to study the time and cost required for pharmacists and PSPTs to obtain AMHs for patients at high risk for ADEs. Pharmacists and PSPTs required 58.5 (95% confidence interval [CI], 46.9-70.1) and 79.4 (95% CI, 59.1-99...
March 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190480/documenting-the-evolution-of-the-relationship-between-the-pharmacy-support-workforce-and-pharmacists-to-support-patient-care
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Tamara Koehler, Andrew Brown
Since 2009 there has been a focus on the relationship between pharmacy technicians, pharmacy support workforce cadres and pharmacists in the literature. 2009-2011 saw a framework of role evolution develop, with publications from 2012 to 2015 documenting further maturity in the development of practice models for improved patient care and optimal use of personnel. The dominant narrative in the published academic literature has been made by certain high- income countries (mainly Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom and the United States of America)...
March 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190479/a-global-picture-of-pharmacy-technician-and-other-pharmacy-support-workforce-cadres
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Tamara Koehler, Andrew Brown
INTRODUCTION: Understanding how pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy support workforce cadres assist pharmacists in the healthcare system will facilitate developing health systems with the ability to achieve universal health coverage as it is defined in different country contexts. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the present global variety in the technician and other pharmacy support workforce cadres considering; their scope, roles, supervision, education and legal framework...
March 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179740/expanded-roles-for-pharmacy-technicians-in-the-medication-reconciliation-process-a-qualitative-review
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Adriane N Irwin, YoungYoon Ham, Theresa M Gerrity
Background: Collection of a complete and accurate medication history is an essential component of the medication reconciliation process. The role of pharmacy technicians in supporting medication reconciliation has been the subject of recent interest. Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the existing literature on pharmacy technician involvement in the medication reconciliation process and to summarize outcomes on the quality and accuracy of pharmacy technician-collected medication histories. Method: A literature review was conducted using MEDLINE and Academic Search Premier (1948 - April 2015)...
January 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923641/expanded-pharmacy-technician-roles-accepting-verbal-prescriptions-and-communicating-prescription-transfers
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Timothy P Frost, Alex J Adams
As the role of the clinical pharmacist continues to develop and advance, it is critical to ensure pharmacists can operate in a practice environment and workflow that supports the full deployment of their clinical skills. When pharmacy technician roles are optimized, patient safety can be enhanced and pharmacists may dedicate more time to advanced clinical services. Currently, 17 states allow technicians to accept verbal prescriptions called in by a prescriber or prescriber's agent, or transfer a prescription order from one pharmacy to another...
November 29, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843574/a-review-of-american-pharmacy-education-training-technology-and-practice
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Scott J Knoer, Allison R Eck, Amber J Lucas
In the United States, pharmacists are responsible for the provision of safe, effective, efficient, and accountable medication related-care for hospital and health-system patients. Leveraging automated technologies, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacist extenders are the means through which efficient, effective, and safe medication use processes are created and maintained. These strategies limit the amount of pharmacist resources needed for nonjudgmental tasks such as medication distribution, allowing more capacity for advanced direct patient care roles...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27525221/the-hidden-role-of-community-pharmacy-technicians-in-ensuring-patient-safety-with-the-use-of-e-prescribing
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Olufunmilola K Odukoya, Loren J Schleiden, Michelle A Chui
OBJECTIVES: It has been reported that supportive personnel, such as pharmacy technicians, are key participants in the use of health information technology. The purpose of this study was to describe how pharmacy technicians use e-prescribing and to explore the characteristics of technicians that support pharmacists in ensuring patient safety. METHODS: This was a qualitative study that used observations, interviews, and focus groups to understand the role of pharmacy technicians in e-prescribing...
December 2015: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27498312/establishing-a-clinical-pharmacy-technician-at-a-united-states-army-military-treatment-facility
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Jennifer L Evans, Ellen M Gladd, Alicia C Gonzalez, Salman Tranam, Joni M Larrabee, Sarah E Lipphardt, Tina T Chen, Michael D Ronn, John Spain
OBJECTIVES: To describe the creation of a clinical pharmacy technician position within the U.S. Army and to identify the personal skills and characteristics required to meet the demands of this role. SETTING: An outpatient military treatment facility located in Maryland. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: The clinical pharmacy technician position was designed to support clinical pharmacy services within a patient-centered medical home. PRACTICE INNOVATION: Funding and a position description were established to hire a clinical pharmacy technician...
September 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27303094/utilization-of-pharmacy-technicians-to-increase-the-accuracy-of-patient-medication-histories-obtained-in-the-emergency-department
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Ellen C Rubin, Radhika Pisupati, Steven F Nerenberg
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the accuracy of a pharmacy technician-collected medication history pilot program in the emergency department. This was completed by reviewing all elements of the technician activity by direct observation and by verifying the technician-collected medication list through a second phone call by a pharmacist to the outpatient pharmacy. METHODS: This was a retrospective, single-center study conducted from March to April 2015...
May 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27126831/integration-of-outpatient-infectious-diseases-clinic-pharmacy-services-and-specialty-pharmacy-services-for-patients-with-hiv-infection
#15
REVIEW
Elise M Gilbert, Lana Gerzenshtein
PURPOSE: The integration of specialty pharmacy services and existing outpatient clinical pharmacy services within an infectious diseases (ID) clinic to optimize the care of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is described. SUMMARY: The management of HIV-infected patients is a highly specialized area of practice, often requiring use of complex medication regimens for reduction of HIV-associated morbidity and mortality prophylaxis and treatment of opportunistic infections, and prevention of HIV transmission...
June 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27118546/impact-of-the-pharmacy-practice-model-initiative-on-clinical-pharmacy-specialist-practice
#16
Judith Jacobi, Shaunta' Ray, Ilya Danelich, Elizabeth Dodds Ashley, Stephen Eckel, Roy Guharoy, Michael Militello, Paul O'Donnell, Teena Sam, Stephanie M Crist, Danielle Smidt
This paper describes the goals of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) and its recommendations for health-system pharmacy practice transformation to meet future patient care needs and elevate the role of pharmacists as patient care providers. PPMI envisions a future in which pharmacists have greater responsibility for medication-related outcomes and technicians assume greater responsibility for product-related activities. Although the PPMI recommendations have elevated the level of practice in many settings, they also potentially affect existing clinical pharmacists, in general, and clinical pharmacy specialists, in particular...
May 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27083853/description-and-comparison-of-pharmacy-technician-training-programs-in-the-united-states
#17
Douglas C Anderson, Juanita A Draime, Timothy S Anderson
OBJECTIVE: To describe pharmacy technician training programs in the United States and to compare pharmacy technician program characteristics between programs with and without a pharmacist on faculty and between programs with different accreditation status. DESIGN: Descriptive, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Not applicable. PARTICIPANTS: United States pharmacy technician programs. INTERVENTION: Not applicable...
May 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27061142/perceptions-of-pharmacists-roles-in-the-era-of-expanding-scopes-of-practice
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Theresa J Schindel, Nese Yuksel, Rene Breault, Jason Daniels, Stanley Varnhagen, Christine A Hughes
BACKGROUND: Alberta was the first province in Canada to enact legislative changes to permit expansion of pharmacists' scope of practice, including allowing pharmacists to prescribe. However, such changes to the scope of practice can blur professional boundaries and obscure the roles of pharmacists. Understanding perceptions about the pharmacist's role may provide insight into recent and historical changes in pharmacy practice. This study clarifies perceptions held by pharmacists and other stakeholders concerning the role of the pharmacist in society...
January 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26969559/challenges-to-clinical-pharmacy-practice-in-nigerian-hospitals-a-qualitative-exploration-of-stakeholders-views
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Asa Auta, Barry Strickland-Hodge, Julia Maz
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: In Nigeria, a shift from the traditional pharmacists' role of dispensing and compounding of medications began in the 1980s with the introduction of drug information services and unit dose-dispensing systems in some hospitals. More than three decades after this, clinical pharmacy practice is still underdeveloped. This study was conducted to explore stakeholders' views on the barriers to the development of clinical pharmacy practice in Nigerian hospitals...
October 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26860229/assessment-of-provider-attitudes-toward-naloxone-on-twitter
#20
Nancy A Haug, Jennifer Bielenberg, Steven H Linder, Anna Lembke
BACKGROUND: As opioid overdose rates continue to pose a major public health crisis, the need for naloxone treatment by emergency first responders is critical. Little is known about the views of those who administer naloxone. The current study examines attitudes of health professionals on the social media platform Twitter to better understand their perceptions of opioid users, the role of naloxone, and potential training needs. METHODS: Public comments on Twitter regarding naloxone were collected for a period of 3 consecutive months...
2016: Substance Abuse
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