Medication Safety and Pharmacy Practice

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1403

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Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68178, USA
Interests: pharmacy; health information technology; patient safety; mixed methods; pharmacy informatics
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Dear Colleagues,

As medication therapy experts, pharmacists are responsible for ensuring that patients’ medication therapies are safe, appropriate for their health needs, and effective.  Adverse drug events and medication errors are a public health concern, with many being preventable in nature through the use of different interventions and strategies by pharmacists.  These include, but are not limited to, medication reconciliation, medication therapy management (MTM) services, chronic disease management services (e.g., diabetes, hypertension), medication error reporting, pharmacist integration into interprofessional care teams, and the use of health information technology in practice (e.g., pharmacy-based clinical decision support, barcode systems, electronic prescribing).  This Special Issue focuses broadly on the various ways in which pharmacists contribute to medication safety across different care settings (e.g., community pharmacy, hospital, and home care).  This includes not just the strategies listed, but also the education of pharmacy students, postgraduate trainees, and practicing pharmacists.  It also includes newer strategies such as utilizing pharmacist expertise to engage patients in medication self-management using patient-facing or patient-centered tools and technologies (e.g., patient portals, and mobile health applications).  Innovative strategies including pilot efforts with small sample sizes and limited statistical power, or those that are primarily descriptive in nature are also welcome. A particular focus will be placed on submissions describing the translation of known effective strategies for ensuring medication safety to underserved/under-represented patient populations and/or developing countries.

Dr. Kevin T. Fuji
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  • medication safety
  • pharmacy
  • pharmacy practice
  • adverse drug events
  • medication errors
  • drug-related problems
  • medication therapy management
  • patient safety

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Integrating Patient Safety Discussions with First-Year Doctor of Pharmacy Students in a Skills Lab Course
by Kevin T. Fuji and Kimberly A. Galt
Pharmacy 2024, 12(1), 23; - 1 Feb 2024
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The patient safety problem has been well established for over 20 years in the United States (U.S.), and there is a recognized focus on ensuring that health professions’ trainees receive explicit education in various patient safety principles and practices. While the literature provides [...] Read more.
The patient safety problem has been well established for over 20 years in the United States (U.S.), and there is a recognized focus on ensuring that health professions’ trainees receive explicit education in various patient safety principles and practices. While the literature provides examples of different approaches towards patient safety education for pharmacy students, there are few that focus on first-year pharmacy students. This educational observational study describes the implementation and evaluation of two 20 min patient safety learning activities integrated into a required pharmacy skills lab course. The first learning activity utilized a mock prescription and patient safety checklist that had students identify patient safety problems on the prescription, followed by a group discussion of implications for the patient. The second learning activity used images of common safety problems with a facilitated group discussion to have students identify systems-based solutions to those problems. Our study’s findings revealed that students were able to identify basic patient safety problems and safety solutions, although some additional foundational information may be needed, particularly for students who may not have pharmacy work experience. Additional research is needed to continue building a literature base on patient safety education approaches, particularly for first-year pharmacy students. Full article
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