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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320600/providing-physicians-with-feedback-on-medication-adherence-for-people-with-chronic-diseases-taking-long-term-medication
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Vincent Zaugg, Virginie Korb-Savoldelli, Pierre Durieux, Brigitte Sabatier
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence decreases treatment efficacy and worsens clinical outcomes, but average rates of adherence to long-term pharmacological treatments for chronic illnesses are only about 50%. Interventions for improving medication adherence largely focus on patients rather than on physicians; however, the strategies shown to be effective are complex and difficult to implement in clinical practice. There is a need for new care models addressing the problem of medication adherence, integrating this problem into the patient care process...
January 10, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317936/what-does-it-take-to-change-practice-perspectives-of-pharmacists-in-ontario
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Paul A M Gregory, Beatriz Teixeira, Zubin Austin
Background: This is a time of rapid change in the profession of pharmacy. Anecdotally, there are concerns that the pace, extent and rate of practice evolution are lagging. There is little evidence documenting the influencers and mechanisms that drive practice changes forward in pharmacy in Canada. Methods: An exploratory qualitative method was selected, using both one-on-one interviews with self-categorized typical pharmacists and larger focus groups to provide context and confirmation of themes generated through interviews...
January 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303681/patient-experiences-with-influenza-immunizations-administered-by-pharmacists
#3
Jennifer E Isenor, Amy C Wagg, Susan K Bowles
Influenza vaccination is the most effective way to reduce influenza infection and related complications. Unfortunately, vaccination coverage remains suboptimal. The addition of pharmacists as immunizers may assist in improving vaccine coverage. The experiences of patients who have received influenza vaccines from pharmacists is an important consideration for jurisdictions considering the addition of pharmacists as immunizers. We describe the reported experiences of recipients of influenza vaccinations by pharmacists in the community pharmacy setting in Nova Scotia, Canada...
January 5, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276265/significant-published-articles-for-pharmacy-nutrition-support-practice-in-2016
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Roland N Dickerson, Vanessa J Kumpf, Angela L Bingham, Sarah V Cogle, Allison B Blackmer, Anne M Tucker, Lingtak-Neander Chan, Todd W Canada
Purpose: To assist the pharmacist engaged in nutrition support therapy in staying current with pertinent literature. Methods: Several clinical pharmacists engaged in nutrition support therapy compiled a list of articles published in 2016 considered important to their clinical practice. The citation list was compiled into a single spreadsheet where the author participants were asked to assess whether the paper was considered important to nutrition support pharmacy practice. A culled list of publications was then identified whereby the majority of author participants (at least 5 out of 8) considered the paper to be important...
June 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259769/detection-of-illicit-online-sales-of-fentanyls-via-twitter
#5
Tim K Mackey, Janani Kalyanam
A counterfeit fentanyl crisis is currently underway in the United States.  Counterfeit versions of commonly abused prescription drugs laced with fentanyl are being manufactured, distributed, and sold globally, leading to an increase in overdose and death in countries like the United States and Canada.  Despite concerns from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency regarding covert and overt sale of fentanyls online, no study has examined the role of the Internet and social media on fentanyl illegal marketing and direct-to-consumer access...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169360/positioning-pharmacists-roles-in-primary-health-care-a-discourse-analysis-of-the-compensation-plan-in-alberta-canada
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Christine A Hughes, Rene R Breault, Deborah Hicks, Theresa J Schindel
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive Compensation Plan for pharmacy services delivered by community pharmacists was implemented in Alberta, Canada in July 2012. Services covered by the Compensation Plan include care planning services, prescribing services such as adapting prescriptions, and administering a drug or publicly-funded vaccine by injection. Understanding how the Compensation Plan was framed and communicated provides insight into the roles of pharmacists and the potential influence of language on the implementation of services covered by the Compensation Plan by Albertan pharmacists...
November 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167237/changes-in-the-dispensing-of-opioid-medications-in-canada-following-the-introduction-of-a-tamper-deterrent-formulation-of-long-acting-oxycodone-a-time-series-analysis
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Tara Gomes, Andrea Mastorakos, J Michael Paterson, Ingrid Sketris, Patricia Caetano, Simon Greaves, David Henry
BACKGROUND: In February 2012, a reformulated tamper-deterrent form of long-acting oxycodone, OxyNeo, was introduced in Canada. We investigated the impact of the introduction of OxyNeo on patterns of opioid prescribing. METHODS: We conducted population-based, cross-sectional analyses of opioid dispensing in Canada between 2008 and 2016. We estimated monthly community pharmacy dispensing of oral formulations of codeine, morphine, hydromorphone and oxycodone, and a transdermal formulation of fentanyl, and converted quantities to milligrams of morphine equivalents (MMEs) per 1000 population...
November 22, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146489/exploring-the-barriers-to-and-facilitators-of-using-evidence-based-drugs-in-the-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-diseases-findings-from-a-multistakeholder-qualitative-analysis
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Victoria Miller, Lavanya Nambiar, Malvika Saxena, Darryl Leong, Amitava Banerjee, José Pablo Werba, Jose Rocha Faria Neto, Katherine Curi Quinto, Mohammed Moniruzzaman, Shweta Khandelwal
BACKGROUND: Health-system barriers and facilitators associated with cardiovascular medication adherence have seldom been studied, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where uptake rates are poorest. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to explore the major obstacles and facilitators to the use of evidence-supported medications for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease using qualitative analysis in 2 diverse countries across multiple levels of their health care systems...
November 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120311/alberta-s-provincial-take-home-naloxone-program-a-multi-sectoral-and-multi-jurisdictional-response-to-overdose
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Lisa K Freeman, Stacey Bourque, Nick Etches, Karin Goodison, Claire O'Gorman, Kay Rittenbach, Christopher A Sikora, Mark Yarema
SETTING: Alberta is a prairie province located in western Canada, with a population of approximately 4.3 million. In 2016, 363 Albertans died from apparent drug overdoses related to fentanyl, an opioid 50-100 times more toxic than morphine. This surpassed the number of deaths from motor vehicle collisions and homicides combined. INTERVENTION: Naloxone is a safe, effective, opioid antagonist that may quickly reverse an opioid overdose. In July 2015, a committee of community-based harm reduction programs in Alberta implemented a geographically restricted take-home naloxone (THN) program...
November 9, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117991/availability-of-naloxone-in-canadian-pharmacies-a-population-based-survey
#10
Alex M Cressman, Graham Mazereeuw, Qi Guan, Wenting Jia, Tara Gomes, David N Juurlink
BACKGROUND: Naloxone is life-saving when administered after opioid overdose. In March 2016, the Canadian government made the antidote available without prescription, but anecdotal reports suggest members of the public have difficulty in procuring it. We examined the availability of naloxone in community pharmacies across Canada. METHODS: We identified community pharmacies in Canada (n = 10 296) and randomly selected 506, stratified using proportionate allocation by population size...
November 8, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113728/expanding-the-clinical-role-of-community-pharmacy-a-qualitative-ethnographic-study-of-medication-reviews-in-ontario-canada
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Sarah J Patton, Fiona A Miller, Lusine Abrahamyan, Valeria E Rac
Medication reviews by community pharmacists are an increasingly common strategy to improve medication management for chronic conditions, and are part of wider efforts to make more effective use of community-based health professionals. To identify opportunities to optimize the medication review program in Ontario, Canada, we explored how providers and clients interpret and operationalize medication reviews within everyday community pharmacy practice. We conducted a qualitative ethnographic study at four pharmacies in Ontario, Canada, including non-participant observation of provider and client activities and interactions with specific attention to medication reviews, as well as brief ethnographic interviews with providers and clients, and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with providers...
November 4, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109045/identification-of-the-relationship-between-barriers-and-facilitators-of-pharmacist-prescribing-and-self-reported-prescribing-activity-using-the-theoretical-domains-framework
#12
Jennifer E Isenor, Laura V Minard, Samuel A Stewart, Janet A Curran, Heidi Deal, Glenn Rodrigues, Ingrid S Sketris
BACKGROUND: The scope of pharmacist practice has expanded in many jurisdictions, including Nova Scotia, Canada, to include prescribing of medications. OBJECTIVE: To identify the relationship between barriers and facilitators to pharmacist prescribing and self-reported prescribing activity using the Theoretical Domains Framework version 2 (TDF(v2)). METHODS: The study was a self-administered electronic survey of all registered pharmacists (approximately 1300) in Nova Scotia, Canada...
October 24, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037573/pharmacists-scope-of-practice-supports-for-canadians-with-diabetes
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Kerry Mansell, Kirsten Edmunds, Lisa Guirguis
OBJECTIVES: The pharmacists' role in Canada has significantly advanced over the past decade, resulting in increasing access to primary care services. This study aimed to characterize pharmacists' expanded scope of practice as it relates to providing services to Canadians with diabetes. METHODS: This environmental scan characterized services that could be useful to Canadians with diabetes in each of the provinces (excluding the territories): immunizations, medication prescribing, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests, and medication reviews...
October 13, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020857/optimizing-patient-education-of-oncology-medications-a-descriptive-survey-of-pharmacist-provided-patient-education-in-canada
#14
Gillian Donald, Samantha Scott, Larry Broadfield, Claudia Harding, Andrea Meade
Background The incidence of cancer is increasing in Canada due to an aging and growing population. This frequently necessitates chemotherapy, which is a high-risk treatment, often given as a part of a complex regimen with serious side effects. A review of the evidence of pharmacy-provided patient education initiatives targeted to oncology patients revealed that minimal is known about this service. Objective The objective of this study was to determine the different models of patient education of oncology medications delivered by pharmacists to adult oncology patients in a hospital or cancer center in Canada...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972983/gabapentin-opioids-and-the-risk-of-opioid-related-death-a-population-based-nested-case-control-study
#15
Tara Gomes, David N Juurlink, Tony Antoniou, Muhammad M Mamdani, J Michael Paterson, Wim van den Brink
BACKGROUND: Prescription opioid use is highly associated with risk of opioid-related death, with 1 of every 550 chronic opioid users dying within approximately 2.5 years of their first opioid prescription. Although gabapentin is widely perceived as safe, drug-induced respiratory depression has been described when gabapentin is used alone or in combination with other medications. Because gabapentin and opioids are both commonly prescribed for pain, the likelihood of co-prescription is high...
October 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970426/how-two-small-pharmacy-schools-competency-standards-compare-with-an-international-competency-framework-and-how-well-these-schools-prepare-students-for-international-placements
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John Hawboldt, Rose Nash, Beverly FitzPatrick
International standards of pharmacy curricula are necessary to ensure student readiness for international placements. This paper explores whether curricula from two pharmacy programs, in Australia and Canada, are congruent with international standards and if students feel prepared for international placements. Nationally prescribed educational standards for the two schools were compared to each other and then against the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Global Competency Framework. Written student reflections complemented this analysis...
March 6, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965748/the-effectiveness-of-pharmacist-interventions-on-cardiovascular-risk-in-adult-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-the-multicentre-randomized-controlled-rxeach-trial
#17
Yazid N Al Hamarneh, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Imran Hassan, Charlotte A Jones, Ross T Tsuyuki
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among patients with diabetes. Management and control of CV risk factors in those with diabetes are generally poor. Pharmacists are frontline primary healthcare providers who see patients with chronic diseases frequently. As such, they are in a prime position to systematically identify patients with diabetes, assess their CV risk and assist in their disease management and preventive measures. OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the effect of pharmacist case finding and intervention program on estimated CV risk in patients with diabetes...
September 28, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954534/confirmatory-testing-prior-to-initiating-onychomycosis-therapy-is-cost-effective
#18
Aditya K Gupta, Sarah G Versteeg, Neil H Shear
BACKGROUND: Onychomycosis can be investigated by sampling. Information gleaned includes nail bed involvement, nail plate penetration, fungal viability, and species identification. Testing samples can confirm a diagnosis. While diagnostic testing is considered useful in directing therapy, a substantial number of clinicians do not confirm diagnosis prior to treatment. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to quantify the benefit of confirmatory testing prior to treating toenail onychomycosis...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951937/personal-light-at-night-exposures-and-components-of-variability-in-two-common-shift-work-industries-uses-and-implications-for-future-research
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Amy L Hall, Hugh W Davies, Mieke Koehoorn
Objectives Shift workers' increased risk of various adverse health outcomes has been linked to light-at-night (LAN) exposure, but few studies have measured LAN exposure in workplaces. To inform future research methods, this study aimed to (i) measure shift workers' exposures to LAN across industries, occupations, and work environments and (ii) assess components of variance across different exposure groupings and metrics. Methods Between October 2015 and March 2016, 152 personal full-shift measurements were collected from 102 night shift workers in emergency health services (paramedics, dispatchers) and healthcare industries (nurses, care aides, security guards, unit clerks, and laboratory, pharmacy, and respiratory therapy staff) in the province of British Columbia, Canada...
September 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939571/determinants-of-community-pharmacists-quality-of-care-a-population-based-cohort-study-using-pharmacy-administrative-claims-data
#20
Nancy Winslade, Robyn Tamblyn
OBJECTIVE: To determine if a prototype pharmacists' services evaluation programme that uses linked community pharmacy claims and health administrative data to measure pharmacists' performance can be used to identify characteristics of pharmacies providing higher quality of care. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study using community pharmacy claims from 1 November 2009 to 30 June 2010. SETTING: All community pharmacies in Quebec, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: 1742 pharmacies dispensing 8 655 348 antihypertensive prescriptions to 760 700 patients...
September 21, 2017: BMJ Open
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