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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100204/acceptance-and-attitudes-of-healthcare-staff-towards-the-introduction-of-clinical-pharmacy-service-a-descriptive-cross-sectional-study-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-sri-lanka
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Lelwala Guruge Thushani Shanika, Chandrani Nirmala Wijekoon, Shaluka Jayamanne, Judith Coombes, Ian Coombes, Nilani Mamunuwa, Andrew Hamilton Dawson, Hithanadura Asita De Silva
BACKGROUND: Multidisciplinary patient management including a clinical pharmacist shows an improvement in patient quality use of medicine. Implementation of a clinical pharmacy service represents a significant novel change in practice in Sri Lanka. Although attitudes of doctors and nurses are an important determinant of successful implementation, there is no Sri Lankan data about staff attitudes to such changes in clinical practice. This study determines the level of acceptance and attitudes of doctors and nurses towards the introduction of a ward-based clinical pharmacy service in Sri Lanka...
January 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099228/transitioning-to-second-line-antiretroviral-therapy-among-adolescents-in-copperbelt-province-zambia-predictors-of-treatment-switching-and-adherence-to-second-line-regimens
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Randy M Stalter, Patrick Katayamoyo, Catherine Packer, Harry Banda, Pai-Lien Chen, Jonathan K Mwansa, Donna R McCarraher, Julie A Denison
BACKGROUND: Adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) experience less favorable antiretroviral therapy (ART) outcomes than other age groups. First-line treatment failure complicates ART management as second-line regimens can be costlier and have greater pill burdens. Understanding predictors of switching ART regimens and adherence among adolescents on second-line ART may help to prevent poor treatment outcomes. METHODS: A quantitative survey was administered to 309 ALHIV attending three ART clinics in the Copperbelt Province, Zambia...
January 16, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097016/smoking-treatment-optimisation-in-pharmacies-stop-a-cluster-randomised-pilot-trial-of-a-training-intervention
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V W Madurasinghe, Ratna Sohanpal, Wai James, Liz Steed, Sandra Eldridge, Sjc Taylor, C Griffiths, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: UK government policy aims to strengthen the role of community pharmacies in health promotion. Thus, we conducted feasibility studies for an intervention to enhance delivery of the NHS Smoking Cessation Service. METHODS: The overall aims were to assess acceptability and feasibility of conducting the intervention in community pharmacies and piloting this with a cluster randomised trial. Specific objectives were (1) to estimate likely participation rates of pharmacies and stop smoking advisors, (2) to establish the potential impact of the training intervention on throughput and retention of smokers in smoking services, (3) to establish potential impact on smoking cessation outcomes, (4) to optimise logistics for conducting a cluster randomised trial in the next phase of the research programme and (5) to consider the feasibility of collecting pharmacy and service user data...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095068/impact-of-telepharmacy-services-as-a-way-to-increase-access-to-asthma-care
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Wendy Brown, David Scott, Daniel Friesner, Tara Schmitz
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that real-time, telepharmacy-based asthma educational services are feasible and support the efforts of local primary care prescribers to improve patient outcomes. METHODS: The lead investigator [a pharmacist, physician assistant and certified asthma educator] identified an independent community pharmacy with telehealth capabilities in a rural area with a high prevalence of asthma. Working with the pharmacy, an asthma education program was developed based on the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090164/a-comparison-of-medication-histories-obtained-by-a-pharmacy-technician-versus-nurses-in-the-emergency-department
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Marija Markovic, A Scott Mathis, Hoytin Lee Ghin, Michelle Gardiner, Germin Fahim
PURPOSE: To compare the medication history error rate of the emergency department (ED) pharmacy technician with that of nursing staff and to describe the workflow environment. METHODS: Fifty medication histories performed by an ED nurse followed by the pharmacy technician were evaluated for discrepancies (RN-PT group). A separate 50 medication histories performed by the pharmacy technician and observed with necessary intervention by the ED pharmacist were evaluated for discrepancies (PT-RPh group)...
January 2017: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090109/substance-use-attitudes-behaviors-education-and-prevention-in-colleges-of-pharmacy-in-the-united-states
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Samah F Al-Shatnawi, Matthew Perri, Henry N Young, Merrill Norton
This review describes and summarizes student pharmacists' substance use behavior in the United States. Current literature indicates that there are problems with alcohol and other drug use among student pharmacists. Although researchers have found variations in the type and rate of reported substance use, significant proportions of student pharmacists were identified as being at high risk for substance use disorders (SUDs). Findings from this review suggest that pharmacy schools should encourage and stimulate more research in order to implement effective screening and early intervention programs in an effort to address this important student health issue...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090097/impact-of-the-birkman-method-assessment-on-pharmacy-student-self-confidence-self-perceptions-and-self-awareness
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Whitney D Maxwell, Amy D Grant, Patricia H Fabel, Cathy Worrall, Kristy Brittain, Breanne Martinez, Z Kevin Lu, Robert Davis, Georgia H Doran, Bryan Ziegler
Objective. To identify changes in pharmacy student self-confidence, self-perceptions, and self-awareness after completing the Birkman Method assessment and training program. Methods. Survey tools were developed to evaluate students at baseline and following the co-curricular Birkman Method program. Following IRB approval, students participating in the Birkman Method program were recruited for enrollment in this survey-based study. Results. Student self-confidence was high at baseline (mean=4 out of 5) and did not significantly change after Birkman Method testing and training...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088050/pharmacists-knowledge-of-issues-in-pharmacotherapy-of-epilepsy-using-antiepileptic-drugs-a-cross-sectional-study-in-palestinian-pharmacy-practice
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Ramzi Shawahna, Ahlam Atrash, Aman Jebril, Areen Khalaf, Eman Shaheen, Hala Tahboosh
OBJECTIVE: Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are mainstay in controlling epileptic seizures. As experts in medications, pharmacists should be able to ensure accuracy of dosing regimens, explain adverse effects, and screen for and alert people with epilepsy (PWE) and their physicians to possible drug-drug interactions (DDIs). The aim of this study was to evaluate pharmacists' knowledge of issues in pharmacotherapy of epilepsy using AEDs. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional observational study conducted in the Palestinian pharmacy practice...
January 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087207/continuous-medication-monitoring-comm-a-foundational-model-to-support-the-clinical-work-of-community-pharmacists
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Amber M Goedken, Christine M Butler, Randal P McDonough, Michael J Deninger, William R Doucette
BACKGROUND: Under the Continuous Medication Monitoring (CoMM) approach, community pharmacists prevent, identify, resolve, and document drug therapy problems during the dispensing process. OBJECTIVE: To describe the patients receiving CoMM interventions and the pattern of delivery of CoMM interventions. METHODS: Pharmacy dispensing and clinical records were reviewed for patients filling at least one prescription and receiving at least one continuous medication monitoring intervention at a community pharmacy from April 2014 through March 2015...
January 2, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086976/impact-of-a-tailored-program-on-the-implementation-of-evidence-based-recommendations-for-multimorbid-patients-with-polypharmacy-in-primary-care-practices-results-of-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Cornelia Jäger, Tobias Freund, Jost Steinhäuser, Christian Stock, Johannes Krisam, Petra Kaufmann-Kolle, Michel Wensing, Joachim Szecsenyi
BACKGROUND: Multimorbid patients receiving polypharmacy represent a growing population at high risk for negative health outcomes. Tailoring is an approach of systematic intervention development taking account of previously identified determinants of practice. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a tailored program to improve the implementation of three important processes of care for this patient group: (a) structured medication counseling including brown bag reviews, (b) the use of medication lists, and (c) structured medication reviews to reduce potentially inappropriate medication...
January 13, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086866/perceptions-and-utilization-of-generic-medicines-in-guatemala-a-mixed-methods-study-with-physicians-and-pharmacy-staff
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David Flood, Irène Mathieu, Anita Chary, Pablo García, Peter Rohloff
BACKGROUND: Access to low-cost essential generic medicines is a critical health policy goal in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). Guatemala is an LMIC where there is both limited availability and affordability of these medications. However, attitudes of physicians and pharmacy staff regarding low-cost generics, especially generics for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), have not been fully explored in Guatemala. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews with 30 pharmacy staff and 12 physicians in several highland towns in Guatemala were conducted...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078665/computerized-pharmacy-surveillance-and-alert-system-for-drug-related-problems
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O Ferrández, O Urbina, S Grau, J Mateu-de-Antonio, M Marin-Casino, J Portabella, S Mojal, M Riu, E Salas
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Because of the impact of drug-related problems (DRPs) on morbidity and mortality, there is a need for computerized strategies to increase drug safety. The detection and identification of the causes of potential DRPs can be facilitated by the incorporation of a pharmacy warning system (PWS) in the computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) and its application in the routine validation of inpatient drug therapy. A limited number of studies have evaluated a clinical decision support system to monitor drug treatment...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077240/association-between-community-pharmacy-loyalty-and-persistence-and-implementation-of-antipsychotic-treatment-among-individuals-with-schizophrenia
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Frank E Zongo, Jocelyne Moisan, Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Alain Lesage, Anara Richi Dossa, Sophie Lauzier
BACKGROUND: Non-adherence is a major obstacle to optimal treatment of schizophrenia. Community pharmacists are in a key position to detect non-adherence and put in place interventions. Their role is likely to be more efficient when individuals are loyal to a single pharmacy. OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between the level of community pharmacy loyalty and persistence with and implementation of antipsychotic drug treatment among individuals with schizophrenia...
December 28, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076549/training-of-pharmacy-technicians-for-dispensing-drugs-in-primary-health-care
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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
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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/28059431/evaluation-of-treatment-changes-following-electronic-consultation-to-a-pharmacist-run-urine-drug-testing-service-in-a-veterans-healthcare-system
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Michelle M Stammet, Shelley S Spradley
In 2013, the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System established a pharmacist-run urine drug testing (UDT) electronic consultation (e-consult) service to assist providers with interpretation of this useful yet complex clinical tool. This pilot study aimed to classify clinical treatment changes implemented following e-consult to a pharmacist-run UDT service and analyze factors limiting pharmacist intervention postconsultation. One hundred forty-three e-consults were completed in the 2-year study period including interpretation of 190 UDT results classified as expected, unexpected, or not necessarily inappropriate based on prescription profile at time of urine immunoassay test...
November 2016: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057948/impact-on-cdc-guideline-compliance-after-incorporating-pharmacy-in-a-pneumococcal-vaccination-screening-process
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Elizabeth Pickren, Brad Crane
Background: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for pneumococcal vaccinations were updated in 2014. Given the complexity of the guidelines and the fact that hospitals are no longer required to keep records for pneumococcal vaccinations, many hospitals are determining whether to continue this service. Objective: The primary objective of this study was to determine the impact on compliance with the revised pneumococcal vaccination guidelines from the CDC after involving pharmacy in the screening and selection processes...
December 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054236/antibiotic-resistance-patterns-of-escherichia-coli-urinary-isolates-and-comparison-with-antibiotic-consumption-data-over-10%C3%A2-years-2005-2014
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P J Stapleton, D J Lundon, R McWade, N Scanlon, M M Hannan, F O'Kelly, M Lynch
INTRODUCTION: Escherichia coli is a common cause of urinary tract infections (UTI). Reviews of antibiotic resistance of this organism can inform choice of empiric treatment of UTI and other infections and strategies for combating antimicrobial resistance. We reviewed laboratory and hospital pharmacy records to assess trends in non-susceptibility rates and the effect of antimicrobial stewardship interventions. METHODS: A retrospective observational study of isolates of E...
January 4, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050338/efficacy-of-self-sampling-in-promoting-participation-to-cervical-cancer-screening-also-in-subsequent-round
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Annarosa Del Mistro, Helena Frayle, Antonio Ferro, Gianpiero Fantin, Emma Altobelli, Paolo Giorgi Rossi
Offering self-sampling devices improves participation of under-screened women. We evaluated participation in routine screening following the self-sampling intervention in two organized population-based screening programmes located in North-East Italy. Data on participation at 3-years-interval after a randomized clinical trial assessing the response to two strategies offering self-samplers (sent at home or offered free at local pharmacy) with a control action (sending reminders for a cervical specimen taken at the clinic) in 30-64 yr-old women non-respondent to the regular call-recall invitation were analyzed...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049889/importance-of-pharmaceutical-training-and-clinical-research-at-medical-facilities
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Michiaki Myotoku
 To respond to advancements in medical techniques, and to address the separation of medical and dispensary practices, clinical professors are required to educate human resource staff to become highly-skilled pharmacists. For this purpose, it is extremely important for these professors to learn about cutting-edge practical skills and knowledge, as well as to advance their expertise. In addition, they need to conduct clinical research in cooperation with relevant facilities. As our university does not have its own hospital or pharmacy, it is important to provide training for clinical professors in clinical facilities...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
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