Filipa Alves da Costa

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the provision of pharmaceutical care by community pharmacists across Europe and to examine the various factors that could affect its implementation. METHODS A questionnaire-based survey of community pharmacies was conducted within 13 European countries. The questionnaire consisted of two sections. The first section focussed on(More)
BACKGROUND The role of the pharmacist has undergone profound changes over the recent years. In most European countries, the tendency seems to be that pharmacists are moving from being product-oriented to service-oriented. An interesting series of papers describing care related services of pharmacy in various countries has been published in 2006, but much(More)
BACKGROUND Portugal is currently facing a serious economic and financial crisis, which is dictating some important changes in the health care sector. Some of these measures may potentially influence patients' access to medication and consequently adherence, which will ultimately impact on health status, especially in chronic patients. AIMS This study(More)
Background Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) are often found in high proportion among the elderly population. The STOPP criteria have been suggested to detect more PIMs in European elderly than the Beers criteria. Objective This study aimed to determine the prevalence of PIMs and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs) in a sample of Portuguese(More)
BACKGROUND Currently, people live longer but often with poor quality of life. The decrease in healthy life-years is partly attributable to the institution of polypharmacy to treat various comorbidities. OBJECTIVES The objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence and nature of drug-related problems (DRPs) in polypharmacy elderly patients(More)
INTRODUCTION The increasing survivor population of breast cancer has shifted research and practice interests into the impacts of the disease and treatment in quality of life aspects. The lack of tools available in Portuguese to objectively evaluate sexual function led to the development of this study, which aimed to cross-culturally adapt and validate the(More)
Background In view of the current financial and demographic situation in Portugal, accessibility to health care may be affected, including the ability to adhere to medication. Objective To evaluate the perceived effects of the crisis on elderly patient’s access to medicines and medical care, and its implications on medicine-taking behaviour. Setting(More)
This study aimed to test a novel method of compliance measurement in Portuguese community pharmacy in Helicobacter pylori patients. A case series design was used where compliance indicators were electronically measured, aside with patients' reports. Experienced adverse drug reactions, perceived benefit of therapy and quality of life were also measured. Mean(More)
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