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  • Pharmacist speaks with patient in consultation room

    How to provide patients with the right information to make informed decisions Subscription

    19 JUN 2018 By Angela Coulter

    A tailored approach can help pharmacists support patients to make better treatment choices and have a more successful outcome.

  • Patient in hospital

    Over 40% of patients not told about side effects of their medicines

    18 JUN 2018 By Kathy Oxtoby

    Hospital patients are not getting enough information about how to take care of themselves after discharge, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission.

  • Digital informatics and early-career pharmacy professionals Subscription

    11 MAY 2018

    There is an impetus on healthcare organisations to become more data driven, to treat digital informatics as a strategic asset, to put in place processes and systems that allow them to access and analyse the right data to support clinical decision-making, and inform the use of resources where it is needed most. The fast pace of development in technologies such as genomics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, digitalisation and data analytics, bionanotechnology and robotics ...

  • Patient suffering from aphasia aphasia during speech therapy session

    How to support people with aphasia with medicines optimisation Subscription

    13 FEB 2018 By Nina Barnett, Paresh Parmar

    Aphasia is a communication disability, most often caused by stroke, which occurs when the language centres of the brain are damaged. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of how the communication needs of people with aphasia vary based on the severity of the condition, and how they can best provide support with medicines optimisation.

  • Medicines non-adherence concept

    Non-adherence: medicine’s weakest link Subscription

    8 FEB 2018 By Kirsty Oswald
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    Non-adherence to prescribed medicines is one of the biggest obstacles to effective healthcare, impacting on patients, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare systems. Pharmacists are ideally placed to improve adherence, but are effective interventions available and how can pharmacists match patients to an appropriate intervention?

  • Concept shared patient records

    Access to patient records: Britain lags behind other countries Subscription

    19 JAN 2018 By Ingrid Torjesen

    Pharmacy organisations in Britain have been campaigning for all pharmacists to have read-write access to the full patient record for over a decade. Although some progress has been made, particularly during 2017, the prospect of a shared patient record in Britain is still several years away. However, pharmacists within other European countries, and further afield, have been benefiting from access to patient records for years.

  • Sarah Cavanagh, acting director of East Anglia Regional Medicines Information Service for Ipswich Hospital

    Providing medicines information to the masses Subscription

    20 NOV 2017 By Sarah Cavanagh

    Sarah Cavanagh, acting director of East Anglia Regional Medicines Information Service for Ipswich Hospital, looks back on her career and her work with a Tropical Health and Education Trust programme supporting training of health workers and capacity building in Mozambique

  • Mother speaking to pharmacist and child looks at camera

    Communicating with parents and involving children in medicines optimisation Subscription

    24 OCT 2017 By Ashifa Trivedi

    Although children take responsibility for taking their medications at different ages, involving parents, and where possible children, in decision making is key to medicines optimisation.

  • Jas Khambh is a national pharmacy advisor to NHS RightCare, Medical Directorate, NHS England

    How I work to improve patient health outcomes at a national level at NHS RightCare Subscription

    16 OCT 2017 By Jas Khambh

    Working on areas of healthcare where there is true innovation and value can be challenging but is also rewarding, says Jas Khambh.

  • Improving medicines education to consumers by redesigning written medicines information resources Subscription

    11 OCT 2017

    Written medicines information is an important part of consumer education, with the interpretation of this information dependent on adequate consumer health literacy. This form of education is especially important in an acute care setting where patients may be discharged from hospital on a number of new medicines, making it difficult to retain all necessary information without support.

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