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pharmacy technician training

Scott J Knoer, Allison R Eck, Amber J Lucas
In the United States, pharmacists are responsible for the provision of safe, effective, efficient, and accountable medication related-care for hospital and health-system patients. Leveraging automated technologies, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacist extenders are the means through which efficient, effective, and safe medication use processes are created and maintained. These strategies limit the amount of pharmacist resources needed for nonjudgmental tasks such as medication distribution, allowing more capacity for advanced direct patient care roles...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
Kyle John Wilby, Ziad Ghantous Nasr
Background: Professional responsibilities are guided by laws and ethics that must be introduced and mastered within pharmaceutical sciences training. Instructional design to teaching typically introduces concepts in a traditional didactic approach and requires student memorization prior to application within practice settings. Additionally, many centers rely on best practices from abroad, due to lack of locally published laws and guidance documents. Objectives: The aim of this paper was to summarize and critically evaluate a professional skills laboratory designed to enhance learning through diversity in instructional methods relating to pharmacy law and best practices regarding narcotics, controlled medications, and benzodiazepines...
November 2016: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Folake O Samuel, Funmilola M Olaolorun, Joshua D Adeniyi
INTRODUCTION: Health workers at the primary level are well positioned to provide health information and counselling on child feeding to mothers on antenatal visits. The study was designed to evaluate the effect of training on the knowledge, attitudes and provision of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) information and counselling among primary healthcare (PHC) workers. METHODS: A two-stage cluster sample was used to select health workers for training on IYCF in Ibadan, Nigeria...
September 20, 2016: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
Heather Neville, Larry Broadfield, Claudia Harding, Shelley Heukshorst, Jennifer Sweetapple, Megan Rolle
BACKGROUND: Pharmacy technicians are expanding their scope of practice, often in partnership with pharmacists. In oncology, such a shift in responsibilities may lead to workflow efficiencies, but may also cause concerns about patient risk and medication errors. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to compare the time spent on order entry and order-entry checking before and after training of a clinical support pharmacy technician (CSPT) to perform chemotherapy order entry...
May 2016: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Ellen C Rubin, Radhika Pisupati, Steven F Nerenberg
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the accuracy of a pharmacy technician-collected medication history pilot program in the emergency department. This was completed by reviewing all elements of the technician activity by direct observation and by verifying the technician-collected medication list through a second phone call by a pharmacist to the outpatient pharmacy. METHODS: This was a retrospective, single-center study conducted from March to April 2015...
May 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
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
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
Douglas C Anderson, Juanita A Draime, Timothy S Anderson
OBJECTIVE: To describe pharmacy technician training programs in the United States and to compare pharmacy technician program characteristics between programs with and without a pharmacist on faculty and between programs with different accreditation status. DESIGN: Descriptive, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Not applicable. PARTICIPANTS: United States pharmacy technician programs. INTERVENTION: Not applicable...
May 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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...
January 2017: 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
Patti Napier, Pauline Norris, James Green, Rhiannon Braund
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the opinions of pharmacists and technicians regarding the ability of New Zealand technicians to take on an advanced checking technician role. METHODS: A survey was developed to investigate the opinions regarding the introduction of this new role. The questions covered are: perceived ability to take on the role, training requirements and competence. Surveys were sent to pharmacists whose contact details are available for research purposes (n = 2095) and to all pharmacies in New Zealand (both community and hospital) for the attention of technicians (n = 858)...
April 2016: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
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
P Joret-Descout, F Te Bonle, C Demange, M Bechet, M Da Costa, G Camus, X Bohand
BACKGROUND: Medication errors (ME) could lead to severe adverse events. Hospital staff have to gain practical knowledge and ME preventing methods. Simulation is a teaching method more and more used in health system. The aim of this study was to create an error patient room which represents a factitious patient room with ME for health professionals of the hospital. METHOD: Chosen according 3 criteria (errors already observed, "never events" related errors, errors associated with frequent issues), 21 ME were designed concerning the different steps of the medication process (prescribing, dispensing and administration) and took place in a patient room reserved for training...
June 2015: Journal de Pharmacie de Belgique
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
Jolene Pilegaaard Henriksen, Susanne Noerregaard, Thomas Croft Buck, Lise Aagaard
BACKGROUND: Medication histories (MHs) obtained at the time of patients' admission to hospital are often incomplete, and lack of information about patients' actual medicine use can potentially lead to prescribing failures and serious adverse events. Uses of clinical pharmacists in obtaining MHs are beneficial, but due to limited economic resources clinical pharmacists cannot be present in every hospital ward, and therefore pharmacy technicians (PTs) could probably be trained in obtaining MHs...
December 2015: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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