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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792340/multidisciplinary-care-model-for-hiv-improves-treatment-outcome-a-single-centre-experience-from-the-middle-east
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Ali Elgalib, Halima Al-Sawafi, Bina Kamble, Saud Al-Harthy, Qamra Al-Sariri
Multidisciplinary team (MDT) care models have been shown to improve clinical outcomes among HIV patients. We aim to assess the impact of adopting MDT approach in a tertiary HIV clinic in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. We introduced MDT approach in our HIV centre in January 2016 where existing team members (counsellors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and doctors) worked together, through care pathways, to support patients as they go through the HIV care continuum from diagnosis to viral suppression. Notes were reviewed for demographics and clinical data...
May 24, 2018: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792036/meeting-the-challenge-for-effective-antimicrobial-stewardship-programs-in-regional-rural-and-remote-hospitals-what-can-we-learn-from-the-published-literature
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Jaclyn Bishop, David Cm Kong, Thomas R Schulz, Karin A Thursky, Kirsty L Buising
INTRODUCTION: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been recognised as an urgent health priority, both nationally and internationally. Australian hospitals are required to have an antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) program, yet the necessary resources may not be available in regional, rural or remote hospitals. This review will describe models for AMS programs that have been introduced in regional, rural or remote hospitals internationally and showcase achievements and key considerations that may guide Australian hospitals in establishing or sustaining AMS programs in the regional, rural or remote hospital setting...
May 2018: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790202/incidence-and-cost-of-medication-harm-in-older-adults-following-hospital-discharge-a-multicentre-prospective-study-in-the-uk
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Nikesh Parekh, Khalid Ali, Jennifer M Stevenson, J Graham Davies, Rebekah Schiff, Tischa Van der Cammen, Jatinder Harchowal, James Raftery, Chakravarthi Rajkumar
AIMS: Polypharmacy is increasingly common in older adults, placing them at risk of medication-related harm (MRH). Patients are particularly vulnerable to problems with their medications in the period following hospital discharge due to medication changes, and poor information transfer between hospital and primary care. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence, severity, preventability and cost of medication-related harm (MRH) in older adults in England post-discharge. METHODS: An observational multicentre prospective cohort study recruited 1280 older adults (median age 82 years) from five teaching hospitals in Southern England, UK...
May 22, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789318/impact-of-a-pharmacist-physician-collaborative-care-model-on-patient-outcomes-and-health-services-utilization
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Gary R Matzke, Leticia R Moczygemba, Karen J Williams, Michael J Czar, William T Lee
PURPOSE: The impact of a pharmacist-physician collaborative care model on patient outcomes and health services utilization is described. METHODS: Six hospitals from the Carilion Clinic health system in southwest Virginia, along with 22 patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices affiliated with Carilion Clinic, participated in this project. Eligibility criteria included documented diagnosis of 2 or more of the 7 targeted chronic conditions (congestive heart failure, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and depression), prescriptions for 4 or more medications, and having a primary care physician in the Carilion Clinic health system...
May 22, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789048/pharmacist-impact-on-tacrolimus-serum-concentrations-in-liver-transplant-patients
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Michael J Schuh, Gabriella Massoglia
Objective The purpose of this quality-improvement project was to determine if a pharmacist consultation following a liver transplant is associated with an increased percentage of drug levels in range after the patient sees the pharmacist. Setting Tertiary care, multispecialty medical clinic, and hospital providing solid-organ transplant. Practice Description Pharmacist consult service in a tertiary care, multispecialty medical clinic and hospital providing solid-organ transplant. Practice InnovationProvision of liver post-transplant consultations, not required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, that results in therapeutic drug level improvement...
May 1, 2018: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789045/getting-paid-for-clinical-services
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Caren McHenry Martin
Increasingly, pharmacists are providing advanced, patient-centered clinical services. However, pharmacists are not currently included in key sections of the Social Security Act, which determines eligibility to bill and be reimbursed by Medicare. Many state and private health plans also cite the omission from Medicare as the rationale for excluding reimbursement of pharmacists for clinical services. This has prompted forward-thinking pharmacists to seek opportunities for reimbursement in other ways, allowing them to provide value to the health care system, while carving out unique niches for pharmacists to care for patients...
May 1, 2018: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779983/outcomes-of-a-randomized-trial-evaluating-two-approaches-for-promoting-pharmacy-based-referrals-to-the-tobacco-quitline
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Karen Suchanek Hudmon, Robin L Corelli, Carl de Moor, Alan J Zillich, Christine Fenlon, Lyndsay Miles, Alexander V Prokhorov, Susan M Zbikowski
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the long-term impact of 2 promising intervention approaches to engage pharmacy personnel (pharmacists, technicians) in referring patients who want to quit smoking to the tobacco quitline. DESIGN: Randomized trial. SETTING: Community pharmacies in Connecticut (n = 32) and Washington (n = 32). INTERVENTION: Two intervention approaches were evaluated: academic detailing (AD), which involved on-site training for pharmacy staff about the quitline, versus mailed quitline materials (MM)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773308/collaboration-between-hospital-and-community-pharmacists-to-address-drug-related-problems-the-homecome-program
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Hendrik T Ensing, Ellen S Koster, Dasha J Dubero, Ad A van Dooren, Marcel L Bouvy
BACKGROUND: Hospital discharge poses a significant threat to the continuity of medication therapy and frequently results in drug-related problems post-discharge. Therefore, establishing continuity of care by realizing optimal collaboration between hospital and community pharmacists is of utmost importance. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the collaboration between hospital and community pharmacists on addressing drug-related problems after hospital discharge. METHODS: A prospective follow-up study was conducted between November 2013-December 2014 in a general hospital and all affiliated community pharmacies...
May 8, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770474/improving-medication-safety-for-home-nursing-clients-a-prospective-observational-study-of-a-novel-clinical-pharmacy-service-the-visiting-pharmacist-vip-study
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C Y Lee, C Beanland, D Goeman, N Petrie, B Petrie, F Vise, J Gray, R A Elliott
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Polypharmacy, medication errors and adverse events are common in older people receiving home nursing medication management support. Access to clinical pharmacists is limited. In Australia, few home nursing clients receive a general practitioner (GP)-initiated pharmacist-led Home Medicines Review, despite their eligibility and community nurses' (CN) efforts to facilitate this. An integrated home nursing clinical pharmacy service, in which CNs directly referred clients to a pharmacist, was therefore developed and piloted...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768602/comorbidities-potentially-dangerous-and-low-therapeutic-index-medications-factors-linked-to-emergency-visits
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Mariana Younes Tramontina, Maria Beatriz Ferreira, Mauro Silveira de Castro, Isabela Heineck
This article aims to investigate the morbidities related to medications, their risk factors and causes detected in patients who seek the Hospital Emergency Service of a University in the South of Brazil. Data collection was based on application of a questionnaire to patients of a minimum age of 18 years, that signing the Term of Free and Informed Consent (TFIC), during the period from October 2013 to March 2014, and analysis of electronic record charts. Cases were evaluated by pharmacists and a doctor to define whether it was a case of medication related morbidity (MRM) and to establish its possible causes...
May 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766615/barriers-and-facilitators-to-smoking-cessation-in-pregnancy-and-in-the-post-partum-period-the-health-care-professionals-perspective
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Felix Naughton, Sarah Hopewell, Lesley Sinclair, Dorothy McCaughan, Jennifer McKell, Linda Bauld
OBJECTIVES: Health care professionals and the health care environment play a central role in protecting pregnant and post-partum women and their infants from smoking-related harms. This study aimed to better understand the health professional's perspective on how interactions between women, health care professionals, and the environment influence how smoking is managed. DESIGN: Semi-structured interviews and focus groups. METHODS: Data were from 48 health care staff involved in antenatal or post-partum care at two UK sites, including midwives, obstetricians, health visitors, GPs, pharmacists, service commissioners, and Stop Smoking Service (SSS) advisors and managers...
May 15, 2018: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765871/optimizing-medicine-use-for-people-who-are-homebound-an-evaluation-of-a-pilot-domiciliary-medicine-use-review-dmur-service-in-england
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Asam Latif, Baguiasri Mandane, Emma Anderson, Caroline Barraclough, Samantha Travis
Background: As global life expectancy increases, older people with chronic diseases are being required to manage multiple and complex medicine regimes. However, polypharmacy raises the risk of medicine-related problems and preventable hospital admissions. To improve medicine use, English community pharmacies are commissioned to deliver Medicines Use Reviews (MURs), which are typically delivered from the pharmacy. People who are homebound rarely receive the service. This paper describes the uptake and impact of a pilot project that seeks to provide domiciliary Medicines Use Reviews (dMURs)...
2018: Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758069/strengthening-primary-eye-care-in-south-africa-an-assessment-of-services-and-prospective-evaluation-of-a-health-systems-support-package
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Rivka R Lilian, Jean Railton, Erik Schaftenaar, Moyahabo Mabitsi, Cornelis J Grobbelaar, N Sellina Khosa, Babra H Maluleke, Helen E Struthers, James A McIntyre, Remco P H Peters
Visual impairment is a significant public health concern, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where eye care is predominantly provided at the primary healthcare (PHC) level, known as primary eye care. This study aimed to perform an evaluation of primary eye care services in three districts of South Africa and to assess whether an ophthalmic health system strengthening (HSS) package could improve these services. Baseline surveys were conducted in Cape Winelands District, Johannesburg Health District and Mopani District at 14, 25 and 36 PHC facilities, respectively...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756535/building-the-case-changing-consumer-perceptions-of-the-value-of-expanded-community-pharmacist-services
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Kathryn Steckowych, Marie Smith, Susan Spiggle, Andrew Stevens, Hao Li
BACKGROUND: The role of the community pharmacist has traditionally been a medication dispenser; however, community pharmacists' responsibilities must expand to include more direct patient care services in order to transform primary care practice. OBJECTIVES: Use case-based scenarios to (1) determine factors that contribute to positive and negative consumer perceptions of expanded community pharmacist patient care roles, (2) identify facilitators and barriers that contribute to consumer perceptions of the value of expanded community pharmacist patient care services, and (3) develop a successful approach and strategies for increasing consumer advocacy for the value of expanded community pharmacist patient care services...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755996/evaluation-of-clinical-pharmacy-services-in-the-intensive-care-unit-of-a-tertiary-university-hospital-in-the-northwest-of-iran
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Ata Mahmoodpoor, Arman Kalami, Kamran Shadvar, Taher Entezari-Maleki, Hadi Hamishehkar
Objective: Current literature indicates that the presence of clinical pharmacists in hospitals results in improved patient care, rational drug therapy, and treatment costs. This study assessed the clinical pharmacy services in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a tertiary hospital at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Methods: During a 9-month cross-sectional study (2014-2015), the clinical pharmacy interventions in 27 sessions and educational activities for patients and health-care professionals were randomly assessed based on the Australian guideline and standard of practice for clinical pharmacy...
January 2018: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753643/evaluation-of-community-pharmacists-preparedness-for-the-provision-of-cardiovascular-disease-risk-assessment-and-management-services-a-study-with-simulated-patients-in-qatar
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Monica Zolezzi, Oraib Abdallah, Nadir Kheir, Abdelsalam Gomaa Abdelsalam
BACKGROUND: Individuals who suffer from major cardiovascular events every year have one or more risk factors. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment is an important strategy for the early identification of modifiable risk factors and their management. There is substantial evidence that shifting the focus from treatment to primary prevention reduces the burden of CVD. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the preparedness of community pharmacists in Qatar for the provision of CVD risk assessment and management services; and to explore the pharmacists' views on the provision of these services...
April 28, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753630/comparison-of-two-training-methods-in-community-pharmacy-project-vaccinate
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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/29752204/medication-abortion-potential-for-improved-patient-access-through-pharmacies
#18
Sarah Raifman, Megan Orlando, Sally Rafie, Daniel Grossman
OBJECTIVES: To discuss the potential for improving access to early abortion care through pharmacies in the United States. SUMMARY: Despite the growing use of medications to induce termination of early pregnancy, pharmacist involvement in abortion care is currently limited. The Food and Drug Administration's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Mifeprex® (mifepristone 200 mg), the principal drug used in early medication abortion, prohibits the dispensing of the drug by prescription at pharmacies...
May 8, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749803/laycarers-can-confidently-prepare-and-administer-subcutaneous-injections-for-palliative-care-patients-at-home-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Sue Healy, Fiona Israel, Margaret Charles, Liz Reymond
BACKGROUND: Palliative care patients consistently nominate home as their preferred care environment. This is challenging without support from laycarers, especially if patients require subcutaneously administered symptom relief. Laycarers typically lack confidence with this task and request professional guidance. AIM: To explore differences in laycarers' confidence in administering subcutaneous injections depending upon whether a laycarer, registered nurse or pharmacist prepared injections for subsequent administration by laycarers...
May 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748299/drug-interaction-screening-in-swog-clinical-trials
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Daniel L Hertz, Rivka Siden, Jessie Modlin, Linda Lee Gabel, Siu Fun Wong
PURPOSE: The frequency and process for drug interaction (DI) screening at sites enrolling patients into SWOG clinical trials were studied. METHODS: Survey invitations were e-mailed to 180 SWOG head clinical research associates to determine the frequency of and personnel involved in DI assessment in subjects who were screened for and enrolled in clinical trials at their sites. Descriptive statistics were performed to evaluate the data. RESULTS: A total of 83 surveys recorded a response to at least 1 question, yielding an overall response rate of 46...
May 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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