Pharmacists can play a vital role in the diagnosis and management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and can help improve outcomes and the burden of disease.
Managing the symptoms of overactive bladderSubscription
Overactive bladder can be distressing and embarrassing. Understanding the symptoms, diagnosis and evidence-based management can significantly improve quality of life.
Pharmacists should note the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s updated guidance on use of pharmacological thromboprophylaxis in a range of hospitalised patient groups.
Smoking and smoking cessation treatments have a pharmacological impact on some commonly used drugs and should be taken into account during the selection, introduction and cessation of medicines.
Ensuring patients are optimised on maximum tolerated doses of medicines in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction is essential in minimising the burden of the condition.
Intravenous fluid managementSubscription
An introduction to fluid management for adults in hospitals, covering replacement during resuscitation, malnourished patients and following large electrolyte losses.
The evidence base supporting pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for nausea and vomiting after surgery.
An overview of the assessment process for acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in the hospital setting and the treatment options available.
Palliative management in end-stage liver diseaseSubscription
Early palliative interventions, including reviewing regular medicines and managing common symptoms, enables patients to remain comfortable during end-of-life care.
An overview of the treatments for anaemia in chronic kidney disease and the tests needed to prescribe and assess their effectiveness.
Pharmacists must be able to advise UK-based travellers to malaria-endemic areas on the precautions they can take to protect themselves against the disease.
Motor neurone disease: management of common symptoms Subscription
There is no cure for motor neurone disease, but symptom control is achievable and can improve quality of life.
Oral ulceration: causes and managementSubscription
Patients often present in community pharmacy with mouth ulcers. This article describes the aetiology, presentation and treatment options for six types.
The risk factors for suicide, and the psychological frameworks and practical tools to use when dealing with disclosure of suicidal ideation.
Prescribing errors affect patient safety, but pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can reduce the risk of them occurring.
Appropriate community pharmacy management and referral of patients with chronic peripheral joint pain
A summary of best practice joint pain management recommendations for use by community pharmacy teams.
A guide to help community pharmacy team members effectively engage in conversations with patients about joint pain symptoms.
Of the nearly 237 million medication errors occurring in England each year, 28% have the potential to cause harm. This article outlines the immediate steps to be taken following identification of a medicines safety incident.
Access to colorectal cancer screening varies across the UK. This article describes the various tests and how community pharmacists can promote them.
Discussing the MMR vaccine with patientsSubscription
As outlined in Public Health England’s ‘UK Measles and Rubella elimination strategy’, MMR vaccination needs to improve to achieve and maintain elimination in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization.