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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301226/impact-of-pharmacist-conducted-comprehensive-medication-reviews-for-older-adult-patients-to-reduce-medication-related-problems
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Whitney J Kiel, Shaun W Phillips
Older adults are demanding increased healthcare attention with regards to prescription use due in large part to highly complex medication regimens. As patients age, medications often have a more pronounced effect on older adults, negatively impacting patient safety and increasing healthcare costs. Comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs) optimize medications for elderly patients and help to avoid inappropriate medication use. Previous literature has shown that such CMRs can successfully identify and reduce the number of medication-related problems and improve acute healthcare utilization...
December 31, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299003/impact-of-pharmacists-in-a-community-based-home-care-service-a-pilot-program
#2
Ashley N Walus, Donna M M Woloschuk
Background: Historically, pharmacists have not been included on home care teams, despite the fact that home care patients frequently experience medication errors. Literature describing Canadian models of pharmacy practice in home care settings is limited. The optimal service delivery model and distribution of clinical activities for home care pharmacists remain unclear. Objectives: The primary objective was to describe the impact of a pharmacist based at a community home care office and providing home visits, group education, and telephone consultations...
November 2017: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278980/clinic-level-population-health-intervention-by-pgy2-ambulatory-care-pharmacy-residents-to-optimize-medication-management-in-a-self-insured-employer-health-plan-population
#3
Joseph Vande Griend, Danielle R Fixen, Cy W Fixen, Jason Zupec, Joseph J Saseen
BACKGROUND: Postgraduate year 2 ambulatory care pharmacy residents (PGY2 residents) may be able to improve healthcare quality by providing clinical pharmacy services provided to self-insured employer health plan patients. The objectives of this study are to describe this care delivery in a family medicine clinic, and to identify patients most likely to benefit from the service. METHODS: From October 1, 2014 till June 30, 2015, comprehensive medication review was completed by PGY2 residents for patients insured by CU Anthem at the University of Colorado Westminster Family Medicine...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248079/preliminary-findings-from-a-student-pharmacist-operated-transitions-of-care-pilot-service
#4
Kari Vavra, Matthew Paluzzi, Margaret de Voest, Sarah Raguckas, Martha Slot
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Student pharmacists are well equipped to complete transitions of care (TOC) activities. This communication describes the implementation of a student-operated TOC pilot service at a community hospital and explores the clinical and educational findings of such a service. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Patients admitted to the hospital were included in the service if they had a primary care provider from an affiliated ambulatory care office...
January 2018: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233446/overview-of-a-pharmacist-anticoagulation-certificate-program
#5
Julienne K Kirk, Rebecca Edwards, Andrew Brewer, Cathey Miller, Bryan Bray, James B Groce
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To describe the design of an ongoing anticoagulation certificate program and annual renewal update for pharmacists. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Components of the anticoagulation certificate program include home study, pre- and posttest, live sessions, case discussions with evaluation and presentation, an implementation plan, and survey information (program evaluation and use in practice). Clinical reasoning skills were assessed through case work-up and evaluation prior to live presentation...
July 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233419/implementation-and-impact-of-a-chronic-kidney-disease-elective-for-second-year-pharmacy-students
#6
Christina H Sherrill
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Pharmacists can make a great impact on the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which is a highly prevalent and costly disorder. This article describes the implementation and impact of a CKD elective course for second-year pharmacy students, which aimed to expose students to CKD and enhance their ability to care for these patients. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Topics associated with CKD were covered in a fifteen-week, three credit hour course...
March 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233281/debate-as-an-alternative-method-for-medical-literature-evaluation
#7
Rebecca Toor, Kathryn Samai, Ryan Wargo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To determine the student impression of utilizing a debate style journal club as an alternative approach for preceptors to teach medical literature evaluation skills to pharmacy students undergoing Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in both acute care and ambulatory care. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Students were asked to debate on a controversial topic or two drugs with similar indications. Each side had to research supporting evidence based medicine and use literature appraisal skills to incorporate the information logically into an oral debate style format...
May 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233279/pharmacy-student-engagement-in-the-evaluation-of-medication-documentation-within-an-ambulatory-care-electronic-medical-record
#8
Tatum Mead, Stephanie Schauner
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: An abundance of literature supports the benefits of electronic medical records (EMR) for improving overall healthcare quality. Identifying preventative care opportunities, reducing medical and medication related errors and incorporating clinical practice guidelines are just a few attributes of EMR implementation. The goals of this study were to engage experiential pharmacy students in the assessment of medication related documentation discrepancies in a newly implemented EMR system and to provide exposure to various aspects of conducting research...
May 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180163/a-needs-assessment-of-pharmacokinetic-skills-performed-on-advanced-pharmacy-practice-experiences-by-student-pharmacists
#9
Emily K Dornblaser
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacokinetic (PK) calculations are an important competency for pharmacy students, however, there is little to guide which medications should be included in pharmacy curricula. Additionally, many new medications require therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM)-but not PK calculations-to ensure safe use. The objectives of this study were to quantify which medications are most frequently encountered by pharmacy students during advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE's) and to what extent PK calculations or TDM were completed by students while on APPE's at the University of New England...
January 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174833/does-prescription-opioid-shopping-increase-overdose-rates-in-medicaid-beneficiaries
#10
Benjamin C Sun, Nicoleta Lupulescu-Mann, Christina J Charlesworth, Hyunjee Kim, Daniel M Hartung, Richard A Deyo, K John McConnell
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The link between prescription opioid shopping and overdose events is poorly understood. We test the hypothesis that a history of prescription opioid shopping is associated with increased risk of overdose events. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a linked claims and controlled substance dispense database. We studied adult Medicaid beneficiaries in 2014 with prescription opioid use in the 6 months before an ambulatory care or emergency department visit with a pain-related diagnosis...
November 23, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167142/creating-a-new-rural-pharmacy-workforce-development-and-implementation-of-the-rural-pharmacy-health-initiative
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Mollie Ashe Scott, Stephanie Kiser, Irene Park, Rebecca Grandy, Pamela U Joyner
PURPOSE: An innovative certificate program aimed at expanding the rural pharmacy workforce, increasing the number of pharmacists with expertise in rural practice, and improving healthcare outcomes in rural North Carolina is described. SUMMARY: Predicted shortages of primary care physicians and closures of critical access hospitals are expected to worsen existing health disparities. Experiential education in schools and colleges of pharmacy primarily takes place in academic medical centers and, unlike experiential education in medical schools, rarely emphasizes the provision of patient care in rural U...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157148/implementation-of-clinical-pharmacy-services-in-an-academic-oncology-practice-in-india
#12
Himanshu Patel, Parthasarathi Gurumurthy
Objective This study was conducted to investigate medication-related problems after implementation of clinical pharmacy services at a speciality oncology care setting. Methods It was a prospective interventional study conducted for a period of three years at a private academic oncology care setting. Paper-based medical records and medication orders were reviewed and patients and care givers were interviewed to understand the treatment plan. All the medication-related problems were identified by clinical pharmacists by performing drug therapy review...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147964/diabetes-care-in-qatar-a-survey-of-pharmacists-activities-attitudes-and-knowledge
#13
Maguy Saffouh El Hajj, Safae E Abu Yousef, Meena Ali Basri
Background Diabetes mellitus is recognized as a major public health issue and is one of the top ten causes of death in Qatar. Objective To describe the activities, and attitudes of Qatar pharmacists toward diabetes, to measure their diabetes knowledge and to assess their perceived barriers for diabetes care. Setting Community and ambulatory pharmacies in Qatar. Method Study objectives were addressed in a cross sectional survey of community and ambulatory pharmacists in Qatar. A phone call explaining the study was made to all community and ambulatory pharmacists in Qatar...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129669/effect-of-application-score-strategy-on-interviews-offered-to-postgraduate-year-1-pharmacy-residency-applicants
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Milena M McLaughlin, Jill S Borchert, Corey Wilson, Ashley O Jensen, Jacob P Gettig
OBJECTIVES: Residency programs may need to spend a large amount of time on the application review process in order to invite the best candidates for interviews. By using a different scoring strategy, this process could be made more efficient while still resulting in selection of the most appropriate candidates to interview. The objective of this study was to explore hypothetical scoring strategies for past residency applicants and to determine the percentage of these applicants that would have received an interview offer compared with the program's standard scoring strategy...
November 9, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100941/impact-of-clinical-pharmacist-services-delivered-via-telemedicine-in-the-outpatient-or-ambulatory-care-setting-a-systematic-review
#15
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Joshua D Niznik, Harvey He, Sandra L Kane-Gill
BACKGROUND: Utilization of telemedicine allows pharmacists to extend the reach of clinical interventions, connecting them with patients and providers, but the overall impact of these services is under-studied. OBJECTIVE: Identify the impact of clinical pharmacist telemedicine interventions on clinical outcomes, subsequently defined as clinical disease management, patient self-management, and adherence, in outpatient or ambulatory settings. METHODS: A literature search was conducted from database inception through May 2016 in Medline, SCOPUS, and EMBASE...
October 28, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083972/inhaled-corticosteroid-containing-treatment-escalation-and-outcomes-for-patients-with-asthma-in-a-u-s-health-care-organization
#16
Lindsay G S Bengtson, Yanni Yu, Weijia Wang, Feng Cao, Erin M Hulbert, Ryan Wolbeck, Caitlin A Elliott, Ami R Buikema
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a common disorder that affects approximately 8% of the U.S. POPULATION: Treatment guidelines indicate inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) as the mainstay treatment, yet poor asthma control is common among ICS-treated patients. Treatment escalation (ICS dose increase and other controller therapy add-ons) is used to manage symptoms. Real-world studies of postescalation outcomes may inform treatment decisions. OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe characteristics and treatment patterns among asthma patients who escalated treatment and (b) assess outcomes (exacerbations, uncontrolled asthma, and health care resource utilization [HCRU]) after escalation...
November 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988689/residency-pathways-to-ambulatory-care-practice-essential-insights-for-students-residents-and-educators
#17
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/28966984/reducing-er-use-through-a-trainee-designed-interprofessional-care-group-for-high-utilizing-chronically-ill-patients-a-pilot-program
#18
Linnaea Schuttner, Zhenyu Zhang, Alice Kuo
BACKGROUND: Healthcare utilization is skewed to a subset of high-need, high-use patients, but optimal models of care are not known. PURPOSE: To reduce emergency room (ER) use and hospital readmissions, trainees designed an innovative model of care delivery for chronically ill, high-utilizing adult patients. METHODS: Enrolled patients (N = 65) joined an interprofessional care program (nutrition, behavioral health, pharmacy, and care coordination), located in a single ambulatory clinic with extended hours...
December 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice (Online)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891393/improving-ambulatory-care-resident-training-preparing-for-opportunities-to-treat-mental-illness-in-the-primary-care-setting
#19
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/28887344/medication-therapy-disease-management-geisinger-s-approach-to-population-health-management
#20
Laney K Jones, Gerard Greskovic, Dante M Grassi, Jove Graham, Haiyan Sun, Michael R Gionfriddo, Michael F Murray, Kandamurugu Manickam, Douglas C Nathanson, Eric A Wright, Michael A Evans
PURPOSE: Pharmacists' involvement in a population health initiative focused on chronic disease management is described. SUMMARY: Geisinger Health System has cultivated a culture of innovation in population health management, as highlighted by its ambulatory care pharmacy program, the Medication Therapy Disease Management (MTDM) program. Initiated in 1996, the MTDM program leverages pharmacists' pharmacotherapy expertise to optimize care and improve outcomes. MTDM program pharmacists are trained and credentialed to manage over 16 conditions, including atrial fibrillation (AF) and multiple sclerosis (MS)...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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