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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773700/implications-of-involving-pharmacy-technicians-in-obtaining-a-best-possible-medication-history-from-the-perspectives-of-pharmaceutical-medical-and-nursing-staff-a-qualitative-study
#1
Andrea Niederhauser, Chantal Zimmermann, Liat Fishman, David L B Schwappach
OBJECTIVES: In recent years, the involvement of pharmacy technicians in medication reconciliation has increasingly been investigated. The aim of this study was to assess the implications on professional roles and collaboration when a best possible medication history (BPMH) at admission is obtained by pharmacy technicians. DESIGN: Qualitative study with semistructured interviews. Data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis approach. SETTING: Internal medicine units in two mid-sized Swiss hospitals...
May 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753630/comparison-of-two-training-methods-in-community-pharmacy-project-vaccinate
#2
James L Lin, Jennifer L Bacci, Marci J Reynolds, Yushi Li, Rachel G Firebaugh, Peggy S Odegard
OBJECTIVE: To compare the impact of a whole-staff training strategy to a train-the-trainer strategy on 1) the number of influenza, pneumococcal, herpes zoster, and pertussis vaccines administered by community pharmacists to adults; 2) staff confidence; and 3) fidelity to the intervention. SETTING: Eight Quality Food Centers (QFC) Pharmacies in Seattle, Washington. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: QFC Pharmacy is a grocery store division of The Kroger Co...
May 9, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739667/utah-pharmacists-knowledge-attitudes-and-barriers-regarding-human-papillomavirus-vaccine-recommendation
#3
Victoria Tolentino, Elizabeth Unni, Jaime Montuoro, Diane Bezzant-Ogborn, Deanna Kepka
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate Utah community pharmacists' knowledge and attitudes toward recommendation of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, to determine whether the knowledge and attitude of pharmacists regarding the HPV vaccine influence their recommendation behaviors, and to capture any self-identified barriers to recommending the HPV vaccine. DESIGN: A cross-sectional anonymous 73-item survey was developed and administered to community, outpatient, and ambulatory care pharmacists...
May 5, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29731422/what-predicts-medication-therapy-management-completion-rates-the-role-of-community-pharmacy-staff-characteristics-and-beliefs-about-medication-therapy-management
#4
Omolola A Adeoye, Leslie M Lake, Spencer G Lourens, Rachel E Morris, Margie E Snyder
OBJECTIVES: To model the association between pharmacy technicians' attitudes and planned behaviors toward participating in medication therapy management (MTM) and MTM completion rates. Secondary objectives included 1) to compare pharmacy technician and pharmacist attitudes and planned behaviors toward participating in MTM and 2) to identify respondent and pharmacy demographic factors associated with MTM completion rates. DESIGN: A 27-item survey, adapted from a previously published survey tool based on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), was used to collect respondent perceptions of MTM...
May 3, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692440/a-characterization-of-student-reflections-in-an-introductory-pharmacy-practice-experience-discussion-course
#5
Melissa M Dinkins, Wesley R Haltom
Objective. To characterize weekly student reflections in an introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) discussion course meeting concurrently with IPPE rotations in institutional pharmacy. Methods. A qualitative analysis was conducted to identify themes within weekly reflective statements submitted by second year pharmacy students (P2) enrolled in an IPPE rotation and concurrent discussion course. Weekly reflections from the 2015-2016 offering of the course were reviewed by investigators to identify common themes via an iterative process...
April 2018: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676947/intravenous-chemotherapy-compounding-errors-in-a-follow-up-pan-canadian-observational-study
#6
Rachel E Gilbert, Melissa C Kozak, Roxanne B Dobish, Venetia C Bourrier, Paul M Koke, Vishal Kukreti, Heather A Logan, Anthony C Easty, Patricia L Trbovich
PURPOSE: Intravenous (IV) compounding safety has garnered recent attention as a result of high-profile incidents, awareness efforts from the safety community, and increasingly stringent practice standards. New research with more-sensitive error detection techniques continues to reinforce that error rates with manual IV compounding are unacceptably high. In 2014, our team published an observational study that described three types of previously unrecognized and potentially catastrophic latent chemotherapy preparation errors in Canadian oncology pharmacies that would otherwise be undetectable...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29626004/pharmacy-staffing-workload-and-productivity-benchmarks-in-state-psychiatric-hospitals
#7
Angela Black Smith, James T Zoller, Glen T Schumock, Ann L Richards
PURPOSE: Current benchmark statistics on staffing, workload, and productivity in hospital pharmacy departments of state psychiatric hospitals are described and assessed by hospital size. METHODS: An electronic survey of state psychiatric hospitals was conducted. Hospitals were categorized based on number of occupied beds. Descriptive statistics using Student's t tests, Pearson's chi-square tests, and Pearson's correlation coefficients were used to characterize the data and compare productivity by hospital size...
April 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625996/hospitals-get-serious-about-pharmacy-technician-training
#8
Kate Traynor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609603/pharmacists-in-general-practice-a-qualitative-interview-case-study-of-stakeholders-experiences-in-a-west-london-gp-federation
#9
Kath Ryan, Nilesh Patel, Wing Man Lau, Hamza Abu-Elmagd, Graham Stretch, Helen Pinney
BACKGROUND: Increased patient demand for healthcare services coupled with a shortage of general practitioners necessitates changes in professional roles and service delivery. In 2016, NHS England began a 3-year- pilot study of pharmacists in general practice, however, this is not an entirely new initiative. There is limited, current, evidence-based, UK research to inform the pilot so studies of pre-existing services must suffice until findings from a formal national evaluation are available...
April 2, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29606624/the-iowa-new-practice-model-advancing-technician-roles-to-increase-pharmacists-time-to-provide-patient-care-services
#10
Michael Andreski, Megan Myers, Kate Gainer, Anthony Pudlo
OBJECTIVES: Determine the effects of an 18-month pilot project using tech-check-tech in 7 community pharmacies on 1) rate of dispensing errors not identified during refill prescription final product verification; 2) pharmacist workday task composition; and 3) amount of patient care services provided and the reimbursement status of those services. DESIGN: Pretest-posttest quasi-experimental study where baseline and study periods were compared. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in 7 community pharmacies in Iowa...
March 29, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29602744/description-and-comparison-of-medication-diversion-in-pharmacies-by-pharmacists-interns-and-pharmacy-technicians
#11
Juanita A Draime, Douglas C Anderson, Timothy S Anderson
OBJECTIVES: 1) To describe reported medication diversion within the practice of pharmacy; and 2) to compare diversion by employee type. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: A sample of state board of pharmacy records was examined from 9 states. Disciplinary actions were obtained from the records for the time period of May 2008 to May 2013. PARTICIPANTS: Pharmacy employees (pharmacist, technician, interns). INTERVENTION: Not applicable...
March 27, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29582940/closed-system-drug-transfer-devices-plus-safe-handling-of-hazardous-drugs-versus-safe-handling-alone-for-reducing-exposure-to-infusional-hazardous-drugs-in-healthcare-staff
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REVIEW
Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy, Lawrence Mj Best, Cynthia Tanguay, Elaine Lennan, Mika Korva, Jean-François Bussières
BACKGROUND: Occupational exposure to hazardous drugs can decrease fertility and result in miscarriages, stillbirths, and cancers in healthcare staff. Several recommended practices aim to reduce this exposure, including protective clothing, gloves, and biological safety cabinets ('safe handling'). There is significant uncertainty as to whether using closed-system drug-transfer devices (CSTD) in addition to safe handling decreases the contamination and risk of staff exposure to infusional hazardous drugs compared to safe handling alone...
March 27, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29572315/development-and-innovation-of-system-resources-to-optimize-patient-care
#13
Thomas J Johnson, Michael J Brownlee
PURPOSE: Various incremental and disruptive healthcare innovations that are occurring or may occur are discussed, with insights on how multihospital health systems can prepare for the future and optimize the continuity of patient care provided. SUMMARY: Innovation in patient care is occurring at an ever-increasing rate, and this is especially true relative to the transition of patients through the care continuum. Health systems must leverage their ability to standardize and develop electronic health record (EHR) systems and other infrastructure necessary to support patient care and optimize outcomes; examples include 3D printing of patient-specific medication dosage forms to enhance precision medicine, the use of drones for medication delivery, and the expansion of telehealth capabilities to improve patient access to the services of pharmacists and other healthcare team members...
April 1, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29531630/medical-assistance-in-dying-examining-canadian-pharmacy-perspectives-using-a-mixed-methods-approach
#14
Lee Verweel, Zahava R S Rosenberg-Yunger, Taranom Movahedi, Allan H Malek
Background: Canada legalized assisted dying with the passing of Bill C-14, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), in June 2016. This legislation has implications for health care professionals participating in MAiD. This research aims to understand the effect that MAiD has on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Canada. Methods: We conducted a thematic document analysis of pharmacy guidelines, position statements and standards of practice from pharmacy regulatory authorities across Canada...
March 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29511653/feasibility-online-survey-to-estimate-physical-activity-level-among-the-students-studying-professional-courses-a-cross-sectional-online-survey
#15
Bhumika Sudha, Asir John Samuel, Kanimozhi Narkeesh
The aim of the study was to estimate the physical activity (PA) level among the professional college students in North India. One hundred three professional college students in the age group of 18-25 years were recruited by simple random sampling for this cross-sectional online survey. The survey was advertised on the social networking sites (Facebook, WhatsApp) through a link www.surveymonkey.com/r/MG-588BY. A Short Form of International Physical Activity Questionnaire was used for this survey study. The questionnaire included total 8 questions on the basis of previous 7 days...
February 2018: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29506656/pharmacy-technicians-a-critical-element-to-facilitate-implementation-of-pharmacist-provided-services
#16
EDITORIAL
Salisa C Westrick, Lindsey A Hohmann, Tessa J Hastings
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29459094/training-pharmacy-technicians-to-administer-immunizations
#17
Kimberly C McKeirnan, Kyle R Frazier, Maryann Nguyen, Linda Garrelts MacLean
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of an immunization training program for pharmacy technicians on technicians' self-reported confidence, knowledge, and number of vaccines administered. METHODS: A one-group pre- and posttest study was conducted with certified pharmacy technicians from Albertsons and Safeway community pharmacies in Idaho. Thirty pharmacy technicians were recruited to participate in an immunization administration training program comprising a 2-hour home study and a 2-hour live training...
March 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29396178/pharmacy-technician-involvement-in-community-pharmacy-medication-therapy-management
#18
Matthew Lengel, Catherine H Kuhn, Marcia Worley, Allison M Wehr, James W McAuley
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of technician involvement on the completion of medication therapy management (MTM) services in a community pharmacy setting and to describe pharmacists' and technicians' perceptions of technician involvement in MTM-related tasks and their satisfaction with the technician's role in MTM. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: In the fall of 2015, pharmacists and selected technicians from 32 grocery store-based community pharmacies were trained to use technicians within MTM services...
March 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29395904/design-of-an-automated-staff-scheduling-system-for-an-independent-pharmacy
#19
Ilgin Acar
BACKGROUND: In service industries, employee salaries and wages often constitute the largest portion of the costs to the company. This is very true in the case of an independent pharmacy, which employs pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Thus, for pharmacies to cost effectively meet the increasing demand for pharmaceuticals, it is crucial that pharmacy managers efficiently allocate the pharmacy staff's time. METHOD: Through a case study, this paper demonstrates the use of an Excel VBA based on a mathematical model to schedule the staff of an independent pharmacy...
January 25, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386867/impact-of-a-pharmacy-led-medication-reconciliation-program
#20
Naomi Digiantonio, Jeremy Lund, Samantha Bastow
Objective: To determine the impact of a pharmacy-led medication reconciliation program at a large community hospital. The magnitude of the benefit of pharmacy-led medication reconciliation was evaluated based on the number of medication-related discrepancies between nursing triage notes and medication histories performed by pharmacy technicians or students. Discrepancies identified by pharmacy personnel medication histories that required pharmacist intervention on physician admission orders were further classified based on expected clinical impact if the error were to be propagated throughout hospitalization...
February 2018: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
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