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Prioritisation of patients for clinical pharmacist inpatient reviews
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Due to national targets and standards, clinical pharmacists in Northern Ireland are prioritising admissions and discharges over inpatient reviews unless clinical urgency dictates otherwise. Benefits of prioritising inpatient reviews are a decrease of time spent on discharge due to unsolved issues, potentially decreased risk of prolonged inpatient stay and an increase of patient safety.

Aim: The aim was to develop a process which will help the clinical pharmacist prioritise which patients will require an inpatient review and to evaluate the effect of these guidelines in a pilot study at Antrim Area Hospital.

Materials and methods: A literature review followed by focus groups consisting of clinical pharmacists were used to identify seven criteria, and patients who met one or more of these criteria were to be referred at admission. Two weeks of data collection were made in three wards before and during the pilot of the referral system. An evaluation sheet was completed by participating pharmacists after the pilot and  referral sheets were collected from nine wards.

Results: The % of reviews which lead to an intervention increased in all three wards and unresolved issues at discharge decreased in two of the wards. The most common referral criteria was temporarily stopped medication at admission and therapeutic drug monitoring. Eighty-three percent of the pharmacists thought the referral system helped them prioritise their work and improved overall patient care.

Conclusions: The referral system helped the pharmacists prioritise their work, improve patient safety and comply with the medicines optimisation framework. Further identification and development of more criteria is needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Medicines reconciliations, medical review, prioritisation
National Category
Social and Clinical Pharmacy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323248DiVA: diva2:1105514
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Queens University, Belfast
Subject / course
Pharmacotherapy
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy
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Available from: 2017-06-07 Created: 2017-06-04 Last updated: 2017-06-07Bibliographically approved

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