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Pharmacists working in the care home

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Pharmacists should have an embedded role in care homes, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, with overall responsibility and accountability for medicines and their use. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on using pharmacy expertise to advance the care of patients based in care homes.

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Facilitating anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life careSubscription

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Anticipatory prescribing enables patients in the last days and weeks of their lives to have their symptoms managed at home. Pharmacists are ideally positioned to provide practical support and advice to other healthcare professionals on the prescribing and administration of anticipatory medicines and to facilitate timely supply.

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

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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.

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Covert administration of medicines in care homesSubscription

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Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be familiar with covert administration of medicines, a complex process requiring multidisciplinary assessment, to ensure its appropriate use in care homes.

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Communication during transfer of care of older peopleSubscription

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Guidance, strategies and communication tools to support transfer of care of frail older people

Evidence is emerging that some dementia cases could be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle but long-term studies are needed to confirm the strength of the association. In the image, conceptual illustration of dementia - a disintegrating brain

How lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing dementiaSubscription

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Evidence is emerging that some dementia cases could be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle but long-term studies are needed to confirm the strength of the association.

There are many reasons why patients do not take their medicines as prescribed. Discovering the specific cause of non-adherence is the best way to improve it. In the image, a weekly pill box full of medicines

Devising ways to improve medicines adherenceSubscription

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There are many reasons why patients do not take their medicines as prescribed. Discovering the specific cause of non-adherence is the best way to improve it.

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common reasons for using antibiotics in both primary and secondary care. Escherichia coli (micrograph pictured) is still the most common causative organism

Urinary tract infection: management in elderly patientsSubscription

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Around 10% of older people, and almost a third of care home residents, develop a urinary tract infection each year.

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Compliance aids reduce medicine administration errors in care homesSubscription

Researchers observe higher accuracy rates when multi-compartment containers are used instead of original packaging to administer tablets to care-home residents.

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US sees rise in numbers of people dying from Alzheimer’s disease

Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have risen by more than 50% in a 15-year period and are expected to increase further, a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning.

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Communication training cuts antipsychotic use in nursing homesSubscription

Training nursing home staff to understand the personhood of patients with dementia reduces off-label prescribing of antipsychotics, New England study results show.

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Osteoporosis drugs may cause microcracks in bone

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Bisphosphonates are prescribed to prevent fractures in osteoporosis, but new research suggests that, paradoxically, they can also cause tiny cracks in bone

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Doctors prescribe antidepressants for off-label indications without evidence

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More than 40% of off-label prescriptions for antidepressants have no strong evidence for the indication, increasing risks of adverse drug events, large study shows.

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Statins could cut risk of Alzheimer’s disease, research shows

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Using data from nearly 400,000 patients, researchers found that simvastatin in particular was associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Benzodiazepines linked with increased risk of hip fracture in Alzheimer’s disease

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Researchers say benzodiazepines should only be used in the short term after study shows that they cause an increased risk of hip fracture.

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Drug errors occur in up to 27% of people living in nursing homes, study shows

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Researchers say nursing homes need a more sophisticated error recording system after a meta-analysis showed that some sort of medication error had affected 16–27% of residents.

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