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BACKGROUND Switching or reclassifying medicines with established safety profiles from prescription to non-prescription aims to increase timely consumer access to medicines, reduce under-treatment and enhance self-management. However, risks include suboptimal therapy and adverse effects. With a long-standing government policy supporting switching or(More)
BACKGROUND The abundance of health information available online provides consumers with greater access to information pertinent to the management of health conditions. This is particularly important given an increasing drive for consumer-focused health care models globally, especially in the management of chronic health conditions, and in recognition of(More)
PURPOSE Continuity of care, equitable access, and quality and safety are major foci in health services management. The introduction of limited prescribing rights to pharmacists has the potential to reduce fragmentation within the health system, optimise medication management, improve continuity of patient care and improve patient access to medication. (More)
BACKGROUND Despite national disease management plans, optimal asthma management remains a challenge in Australia. Community pharmacists are ideally placed to implement new strategies that aim to ensure asthma care meets current standards of best practice. The impact of the Pharmacy Asthma Care Program (PACP) on asthma control was assessed using a multi-site(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the feasibility, effectiveness, and sustainability of a pharmacy asthma service in primary care. METHODS A pragmatic cluster randomized trial in community pharmacies in four Australian states/territories in 2009. Specially trained pharmacists were randomized to deliver an asthma service in two groups, providing three versus four(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Departments of Emergency Medicine (DEM) have experienced increased demand largely because of the aging population. This project aimed to assess the impact of a specialist aged care pharmacist (ACP) on the efficiency and effectiveness of care of older patients seeking emergency treatment. METHOD Eligible patients presenting(More)
BACKGROUND The newly emerging practice of Pharmaceutical Care requires that pharmacists take responsibility for the outcomes of drug therapy. Improvement in Quality of Life (QoL) represents the final outcome of the care process and indicates the success of interventions. OBJECTIVES To assess the impact of a Pharmaceutical Care specialist asthma service(More)
BACKGROUND Rural settings challenge health care providers to provide optimal medication services in a manner that is timely and of high quality. Extending the roles of rural health care providers is often necessary to improve access to medication services; however, there appears to be a lack of pharmacy-based involvement and support within the medication(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmaceutical care services became recognized in New Zealand in the mid-1990s, albeit with limited evidence of the acceptability and effectiveness of the model. An asthma-specific pharmaceutical care service was trialled in southern New Zealand, based on a 'problem-action-outcome' method, with pharmacists adopting a patient-centred,(More)
BACKGROUND Although asthma can be well controlled by appropriate medication delivered in an appropriate way at an appropriate time, there is evidence that management is often suboptimal. This results in poor asthma control, poor quality of life, and significant morbidity. METHODS The objective of this study was to describe a population recruited in(More)