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Sarah E Kelling, Anthony Pattin, Abdulbaset Salim, Paul Kilgore, Steven R Erickson
INTRODUCTION: The goal of the study was to identify perceived barriers to implementation of vaccination services encountered by independent and small-chain community pharmacies in an urban setting. METHODS: Pharmacists in independent and small-chain pharmacies located in 29 Michigan ZIP codes were visited and asked to complete a 5- to 10-min semi-structured interview. RESULTS: A total of 93 independent and 12 small-chain pharmacies participated (n = 105; 61%)...
September 15, 2016: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
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
Christopher T Zemaitis, Ginger Morris, Maribeth Cabie, Osama Abdelghany, Lorraine Lee
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmission has been identified as a key quality indicator and a target for reducing health care spending. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a pharmacy-facilitated medication reconciliation and patient education model with post discharge follow-up on 30-day readmissions. METHODS: This prospective, historical control study included all patients admitted during a 6-month period to a general medicine unit with the highest 30-day readmission rate at Yale-New Haven Hospital...
June 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Ehsan Zarei, Marziye Najafi, Roya Rajaee, Abbas Shamseddini
INTRODUCTION: Human resources are the most strategic resource and the most significant input for health systems. Their behavior and motivation can strongly affect the overall performance of the health systems. The aim of this study was to determine the factors that affect motivation in frontline employees at teaching hospitals affiliated with Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU) in Tehran, Iran. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015...
April 2016: Electronic Physician
Theresa I Shireman, Bonnie L Svarstad
OBJECTIVES: To assess the cost-effectiveness of the 6-month Team Education and Adherence Monitoring (TEAM) intervention for black patients with hypertension in community pharmacies using prospectively collected cost data. DESIGN: Cost-effectiveness analysis of a cluster-randomized trial. SETTING: Twenty-eight chain pharmacies in 5 Wisconsin cities from December 2006 to February 2009. PARTICIPANTS: Five hundred seventy-six black patients with uncontrolled hypertension...
July 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Cecilia Brata, Colleen Fisher, Brahmaputra Marjadi, Carl R Schneider, Rhonda M Clifford
BACKGROUND: Research has shown that the current practice of pharmacy staff when providing self-medication consultations in Indonesia is suboptimal. To improve the performance of pharmacy staff when providing self-medication consultations in community pharmacies, the factors that influence current practice need to be understood. The aim of this study is to identify the factors that influence current practice of pharmacy staff when handling self-medication consultations in Eastern Indonesian community pharmacies...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
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
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
Amanda R Margolis, Beth A Martin, David A Mott
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility and fidelity of student pharmacists collecting patient medication list information using a structured interview tool and the accuracy of documenting the information. The medication lists were used by a community pharmacist to provide a targeted medication therapy management (MTM) intervention. DESIGN: Descriptive analysis of patient medication lists collected with telephone interviews. PARTICIPANTS: Ten trained student pharmacists collected the medication lists...
March 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Cecile Dollinger, Vérane Schwiertz, Laura Sarfati, Chloé Gourc-Berthod, Marie-Gabrielle Guédat, Céline Alloux, Nicolas Vantard, Noémie Gauthier, Sophie He, Elena Kiouris, Anne-Gaelle Caffin, Delphine Bernard, Florence Ranchon, Catherine Rioufol
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of investigational drug labels on the risk of medication error in drug dispensing. DESIGN: A simulation-based learning program focusing on investigational drug dispensing was conducted. SETTING: The study was undertaken in an Investigational Drugs Dispensing Unit of a University Hospital of Lyon, France. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-three pharmacy workers (pharmacists, residents, technicians or students) were enrolled...
June 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
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
Ellen I Schafheutle, Samuel D Jee, Sarah C Willis
BACKGROUND: To enable pharmacists to become increasingly patient-centered, clinical professionals, they need to work with suitably trained and competent support staff; pharmacy technicians (PTs) may be the most appropriate to take on additional roles and responsibilities. However, clarity on PT roles, particularly in community pharmacy, is lacking, and pharmacists may be reluctant to delegate due to concerns over PTs' competence. OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to explore the fitness for purpose of PT education and training in Great Britain...
December 30, 2015: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
James E Bailey, Satya Surbhi, Paula C Bell, Angel M Jones, Sahar Rashed, Michael O Ugwueke
OBJECTIVES: To describe the design, implementation, and early experience of the SafeMed program, which uses certified pharmacy technicians in a novel expanded role as community health workers (CPhT-CHWs) to improve transitions of care. SETTING: A large nonprofit health care system serving the major medically underserved areas and geographic hotspots for readmissions in Memphis, TN. PRACTICE INNOVATION: The SafeMed program is a care transitions program with an emphasis on medication management designed to use low-cost health workers to improve transitions of care from hospital to home for superutilizing patients with multiple chronic conditions and polypharmacy...
January 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Amber Lucas, Lindsay Massey, Taylor Gill, Gregory Burger, Jeff D Little
PURPOSE: The successful enactment of mandatory pharmacy technician certification in Kansas is described. METHODS: In 2004, Kansas began requiring registration of all pharmacy technicians with the state board of pharmacy. Registration identified individuals working as pharmacy technicians but did not require any specific education or certification. In September 2012, the Kansas Board of Pharmacy created a task force of key stakeholders including pharmacists from multiple areas of practice, the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, organizational leaders from the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacists (KCHP) and Kansas Pharmacists Association, and professional lobbyists...
February 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
S N Egorova, T Akhmetova
BACKGROUND: The number of pharmacies, which produce drug formulations locally, has recently considerably reduced in Russia. Pharmacies mainly operate as retailers of industrially manufactured drugs.Pharmaceutical consultation of customers at pharmacies aimed at responsible self-medication is the most popular and accessible feature of pharmaceutical care. In Russia there is a significant list of medicines approved for sale in pharmacies on a non-prescription basis that is specified in the product label...
2015: International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine
Courtney West, Karen Landry, Anna Graham, Lori Graham, Anna T Cianciolo, Adina Kalet, Michael Rosen, Deborah Witt Sherman
UNLABELLED: SGEA 2015 CONFERENCE ABSTRACT (EDITED). Evaluating Interprofessional Teamwork During a Large-Scale Simulation. Courtney West, Karen Landry, Anna Graham, and Lori Graham. CONSTRUCT: This study investigated the multidimensional measurement of interprofessional (IPE) teamwork as part of large-scale simulation training. BACKGROUND: Healthcare team function has a direct impact on patient safety and quality of care. However, IPE team training has not been the norm...
2015: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
Peter Batra, Mary L Aquilino, Karen B Farris
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate pharmacy staff perspectives of a 2-year pharmacy intervention aimed at reducing unintended pregnancy in 18- to 30-year-old women. DESIGN: Pharmacy staff completed a 48-item, self-administered paper survey consisting of scaled and open-ended questions. SETTING: 55 community pharmacies in 12 Iowa counties. PARTICIPANTS: All pharmacy staff participated, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy employees...
September 2015: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Asa Auta, Julia Maz, Barry Strickland-Hodge
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, hospital pharmacists' roles have been associated with dispensing medications prescribed by doctors and offering advice about medicines to patients and other healthcare professionals. In England, significant changes in the structure of hospital pharmacy practice began in the 1970s and currently hospital pharmacists are undertaking a number of advanced roles including prescribing. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the facilitators to change in hospital pharmacy practice in England in order to identify lessons that might assist in the potential changes needed in other countries for extended clinical roles...
December 2015: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Miriam A Mobley Smith, Cynthia J Boyle, Jan M Keresztes, Janet Liles, Linda Garrelts MacLean, Everett B McAllister, Janet Silvester, Nancy T Williams, Lynette R Bradley-Baker
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December 15, 2014: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Cecilia Brata, Brahmaputra Marjadi, Carl R Schneider, Kevin Murray, Rhonda M Clifford
BACKGROUND: Gathering sufficient information when handling self-medication requests in community pharmacies is an important factor in assisting patients to obtain appropriate health outcomes. Common types of information usually gathered include patient identity, signs and symptoms, action taken, medical history, and current medications being used. The aims of the study were (1) to describe the types and amount of information gathered by Eastern Indonesian community pharmacy staff when handling self-medication requests, and (2) to identify factors associated with the reported amount of information gathered...
2015: BMC Health Services Research
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