This resource describes and evaluates a new specialist pharmacy service, called the integrated care clinical pharmacist.
- Older people confined to their own homes due to are known to be at risk of medication-related problems.
- For this study, 143 patients were referred to the service over a 15-month period. Medication-related problems were identified and divided into three categories: supply issues (7%), compliance issues (29%), and clinical issues (64%).
- Participating pharmacists initiated a range of interventions, which required coordinating with other health and social services. Examples include setting up repeat ordering systems, arranging large font labels, and resolving medication errors.
- Through this service, a wide range of medication-related problems were identified and addressed for a patient group with complex pharmaceutical needs.
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- What kinds of medication-related problems arise for older people confined to their homes?
- How can pharmacists contribute to addressing these problems?