24/31 May 2014, Vol 292, 7811/7812
NHS care that would never pass the “friends and family test” continues to emerge. That the Princess of Wales Hospital was in September 2013 the first institution in Wales to implement the test — an NHS England creation — is remarkable given that it is one of two hospitals in South Wales that have since been shown to be under-delivering.
A device that monitors an asthma patient’s inhaler use and reminds users about missed doses improves adherence to treatment, a study has shown.
Patients with atrial fibrillation who take new oral anticoagulants to reduce their risk of stroke need a smooth transition of care from hospital to community, Asha Fowells finds
What does the EU have to do with me?Subscription
The RPS representative on the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Sid Dajani, takes a look at the areas of EU policy that can affect UK pharmacy practice
How will the pharmacist’s role evolve as the world’s climate changes? Iain Davidson and colleagues describe the impact of the profession on the planet — and vice versa
Ever heard of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?Subscription
One in 5,000 people has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome — at least twice the number as have sickle cell anaemia, phenylketonuria or haemophilia A. Learn more about it here
Books and arts
This updated edition of ‘Generic drug product development: solid oral dosage forms’ is the latest publication in the series ‘Drugs and pharmaceutical sciences’, a range that will be recognisable to many pharmacists and researchers by its distinctive red covers.
Patient-centered medicine: transforming the clinical method’ 3rd edition. By Moira Stewart, Judith Belle Brown, W. Wayne Weston, Ian R. McWhinney, Carol L. McWilliam and Thomas R. Freeman. Pp xv+426 Price
Take full advantage of having a tutorSubscription
Newly qualified hospital pharmacist Lauren Rose describes what you can expect from being tutored and shares some tips for making the most of the experience