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  • Pharmacist takes the blood pressure of an elderly patient

    How to support cancer patients in community pharmacies Subscription

    Every community pharmacy team will come into contact with cancer patients or their family members. This article aims to provide community pharmacists and healthcare professionals with the tools to be able to speak confidently to patients with cancer and summarises the useful resources available.

  • Man looking at gluten free products in a supermarket

    How to identify symptoms of coeliac disease in community pharmacy and primary care Subscription

    It is estimated that in the UK there are more than half a million people with clinically undiagnosed coeliac disease, caused by an adverse immune response to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can play a key role in identifying individuals with symptoms, referring them for testing, ultimately leading to earlier diagnosis.

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    Preconception care: genetic and pre-existing conditions Subscription

    Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide appropriate and comprehensive preconception care by identifying couples who are at risk of having a baby with a genetic or chromosomal malformation and can empower the couple by giving them enough knowledge to make informed decisions.

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    Understanding the aims of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and what they mean for pharmacy Subscription

    An overview of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) — which the NHS will use to deliver the ‘Five year forward view’ — and how to work with them.

  • Health worker holding a dying patient's hand

    Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carers Subscription

    Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in palliative care and can be a source of important information and support for patients at the end of life. Health professionals caring for patients with advanced illness should develop skills for communicating with patients, and their families and carers.

  • Woman holds a positive pregnancy test

    Preconception care: dietary and lifestyle advice Subscription

    Engagement by women with a pharmacist or healthcare professional for preconception advice and care ranges from 18% to 45%. Pharmacists are uniquely placed to provide this advice when individuals present for new registration checks, well-woman consultations, contraceptive advice and reviews, as well as medicine use reviews.

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    Highlights of CPD and learning in 2016 Subscription

    Try our clinical quiz, with questions taken from this year’s learning and CPD articles, and check your knowledge of subjects ranging from antimicrobial therapy to bipolar disorder.

  • Papers with statistical data

    A basic introduction to statistics Subscription

    Pharmacists and healthcare professionals involved in research and report writing should have an understanding of basic statistical methods that can be applied to study data and used in reporting research results.

  • Female student researching in a library

    How to write a research article to submit for publication Subscription

    Pharmacists and healthcare professionals who are undertaking research should have an understanding of how to produce a research article for publication, and should be aware of the important considerations relating to submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Pharmacist in consultation with patient

    How to build and maintain trust with patients Subscription

    Patients are more likely to open up and disclose information if they trust their pharmacist or healthcare professional, and a better quality of interaction may result in greater patient autonomy and shared decision-making.

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