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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...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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...
January 30, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Toni Fera, Keith T Kanel, Meghan L Bolinger, Amber E Fink, Serah Iheasirim
PURPOSE: The creation of a clinical support role for a pharmacy technician within a primary care resource center is described. SUMMARY: In the Primary Care Resource Center (PCRC) Project, hospital-based care transition coordination hubs staffed by nurses and pharmacist teams were created in 6 independent community hospitals. At the largest site, patient volume for targeted diseases challenged the ability of the PCRC pharmacist to provide expected elements of care to targeted patients...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Ellen I Schafheutle, Samuel D Jee, Sarah C Willis
BACKGROUND: In Great Britain (GB), pharmacy technicians (PTs) are registered professionals, with their education and training regulated; little is known about this or the learning environment in which it takes place. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to profile recently registered pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians (PTPTs) in GB and capture views on PTPTs' training experiences, focussing on differences in community and hospital settings. METHODS: A mixed methods study was conducted in 2013-14, following university ethics approval...
December 16, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Stephanie A Gernant
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January 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Stephanie A Gernant, My-Oanh Nguyen, Sanna Siddiqui, Matthew Schneller
BACKGROUND: Documented barriers to Medication Therapy Management (MTM) delivery, such as limited time and inefficient workflow may be overcome by utilizing support staff for administrative services. However, it is unknown how pharmacy technicians have been historically utilized to assist pharmacists in MTM-delivery. OBJECTIVE: To characterize literature describing pharmacy technicians' participation in actions commonly undertaken in the provision of MTM services...
November 24, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Emma Barnes, Alison Bullock, Margaret Allan, Karen Hodson
OBJECTIVES: Following the 2005 contractual framework amendment, the expanding role of community pharmacy team members required a shift in entrenched views on roles and duties. This study aimed to report on community pharmacists' opinions on skill mix and explore how they can be addressed so that skill mix may be optimised. METHODS: An invitation to complete an online questionnaire was distributed via email, marked for the attention of the lead pharmacist. Following a low response, a paper-based questionnaire was sent to all community pharmacies in England (n = 11,816)...
December 6, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Ashlee N Mattingly, T Joseph Mattingly
OBJECTIVES: To summarize the findings of a literature search on advancing the role of pharmacy technicians, including the types of training identified and the potential costs and benefits to both the technician and the pharmacy. DATA SOURCES: A literature search of Scopus, Embase, and Medline was conducted on January 11, 2017. STUDY SELECTION: Original research, research reports, case studies, or association reports were included for review...
January 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Sewunet Admasu Belachew, Fasil Tilahun, Tirsit Ketsela, Asnakew Achaw Ayele, Adeladlew Kassie Netere, Amanual Getnet Mersha, Tamrat Befekadu Abebe, Begashaw Melaku Gebresillassie, Henok Getachew Tegegn, Daniel Asfaw Erku
BACKGROUND: When compared to systemic administration, if used correctly inhalers deliver a smaller enough percent of the drug right to the site of action in the lungs, with a faster onset of effect and with reduced systemic availability that minimizes adverse effects. However, the health professionals' and patients' use of metered dose inhaler is poor. OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to explore community pharmacy professionals' (pharmacists' and druggists') competency on metered dose inhaler (MDI) technique...
2017: PloS One
Lorah Hickman, Susan G Poole, Ria E Hopkins, Diane Walters, Michael J Dooley
BACKGROUND: Medication errors have the potential to cause significant harm and the final verification of dispensed medications is essential to patient safety. There is international evidence to demonstrate that trained pharmacy technicians can safely and accurately undertake the verification of medication orders in ward-based unit dose containers. There is a need for evaluation of pharmacy technician verification of medication orders in broader contexts including the hospital inpatient dispensary...
November 15, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Heather M Champion, Julia A Loosen, Korey A Kennelty
OBJECTIVE: A literature review was conducted to examine how pharmacy students and technicians have been utilized in medication reconciliation processes in an effort to evaluate expanded roles for pharmacy students and technicians. Data were summarized on accuracy of obtaining medication histories, time requirements, discrepancy identification, and cost savings. Limitations and areas for future research also were identified. DATA SOURCES: A search of PubMed, the Cochrane Library, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), and PsycINFO and a manual searching of bibliographies were performed...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Yaser Mohammed Al-Worafi, Yaman Walid Kassab, Wafa Mohammed Alseragi, Masaad Saeed Almutairi, Ali Ahmed, Long Chiau Ming, Ali Saleh Alkhoshaiban, Muhammad Abdul Hadi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the knowledge, attitude and barriers of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists toward pharmacovigilance, adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and ADR reporting in community pharmacies in Yemen. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was conducted among community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the capital of Yemen, Sana'a. A total of 289 community pharmacies were randomly selected. The validated and pilot-tested questionnaire consisted of six sections: demographic data, knowledge about pharmacovigilance, experience with ADR reporting, attitudes toward ADR reporting, and the facilitators to improve ADR reporting...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Enrique M Saldarriaga, Elisabeth Vodicka, Sayda La Rosa, Maria Valderrama, Patricia J Garcia
BACKGROUND: Prevention and control of chronic diseases is a high priority for many low- and middle-income countries. This study evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of training pharmacy workers to provide point-of-care testing for 3 chronic diseases-hypertension, diabetes, and anemia-to improve disease detection and awareness through private pharmacies. METHODS: We developed a multiphase training curriculum for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to build capacity for identification of risk factors, patient education, point-of-care testing, and referral for abnormal results...
March 2017: Annals of Global Health
Shane P Desselle, Erin R Holmes
PURPOSE: The results of the 2015 National Certified Pharmacy Technician Workforce Survey are described. METHODS: A survey was e-mailed to a randomized sample of 5,000 certified pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) throughout the United States, with response reminders employed. Survey items eliciting demographic and work characteristics and work life attitudes were generated from the literature and qualitative interviews. This study aimed to describe job satisfaction, sources of stress, profession and employer commitment, education and training, and reasons for entry into the profession among CPhTs and determine relationships between those variables and CPhTs' level of involvement in various work activities, with particular attention paid to differences in practice setting...
May 18, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Karen E Lasser, Alexandra Heinz, Leandra Battisti, Alexandria Akoumianakis, Ve Truong, Judith Tsui, Glorimar Ruiz, Jeffrey H Samet
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health problem. Urban safety-net hospitals are a prime location for HCV treatment delivery. Showing that physicians in primary care settings can deliver HCV infection care is important to expand treatment; models doing so in the era of newer oral HCV medications are needed. This article describes an innovative and successful HCV primary care treatment program in a patient-centered medical home based at an urban, safety-net hospital. The program is public health oriented in that a central team member is a public health social worker who performs population management and addresses underlying social determinants of health to facilitate engagement in HCV treatment...
May 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
Linda D MacKeigan, Nadine Ijaz, Elizabeth A Bojarski, Lisa Dolovich
BACKGROUND: In 2006, the Ontario drug plan greatly reduced community pharmacy reimbursement for generic drugs. In exchange, a fee-for-service medication review program was introduced to help patients better understand their medication therapy and ensure that medications were taken as prescribed. A qualitative study of community pharmacy implementation strategies was undertaken to inform a mixed methods evaluation of the program. PURPOSE: To describe strategies used by community pharmacies to implement a government-funded medication review service...
September 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Kate Gerrish, Sara Laker, Sarah Wright, Wendy Stainrod
Aim To evaluate a medicines reablement initiative involving health and social care, to include consideration of the training package, proportion of patients reabled successfully, and patient and staff perspectives of the service. BACKGROUND: Intermediate care services provide short-term intervention to support patients with chronic conditions transition from hospital to community-based services and involves maximising patients' independence through reablement. The term 'medicines reablement' describes the process of rehabilitating patients to be independent with their medication...
May 2, 2017: Primary Health Care Research & Development
Timothy P Frost, Alex J Adams
OBJECTIVE: Tech-check-tech (TCT) is a practice model in which pharmacy technicians with advanced training can perform final verification of prescriptions that have been previously reviewed for appropriateness by a pharmacist. Few states have adopted TCT in part because of the common view that this model is controversial among members of the profession. This article aims to summarize the existing research on pharmacist and technician perceptions of community pharmacy-based TCT. DATA SOURCES: A literature review was conducted using MEDLINE (January 1990 to August 2016) and Google Scholar (January 1990 to August 2016) using the terms "tech* and check," "tech-check-tech," "checking technician," and "accuracy checking tech*...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Masahiro Tohkin
I introduce the current pharmaceutical education system in Japan, focusing on regulatory science. University schools or faculties of pharmaceutical science in Japan offer two courses: a six-year course for pharmacists and a four-year course for scientists and technicians. Students in the six-year pharmaceutical course receive training in hospitals and pharmacies during their fifth year, and those in the four-year life science course start research activities during their third year. The current model core curriculum for pharmaceutical education requires them to "explain the necessity and significance of regulatory science" as a specific behavior object...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Kerry Wilbur, Rasha Mousa Bacha, Somaia Abdelaziz
Objectives: To explore feedback processes of Western-based health professional student training curricula conducted in an Arab clinical teaching setting. Methods: This qualitative study employed document analysis of in-training evaluation reports (ITERs) used by Canadian nursing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, paramedic, dental hygiene, and pharmacy technician programs established in Qatar. Six experiential training program coordinators were interviewed between February and May 2016 to explore how national cultural differences are perceived to affect feedback processes between students and clinical supervisors...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Medical Education
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