During February, The Pharmaceutical Journal will have a special focus on the increasing use of non-pharmacological treatments in the health service. The axiom a “pill for every ill” has become outdated, and we will analyse how pharmacists and others can use lifestyle change, social prescribing and psychological therapies alongside medicines to provide more holistic care for patients.
Chronic pain places a huge burden on millions of individuals, families and carers in Great Britain. However, despite being such a prevalent condition, the tools for managing it are pretty blunt.
The number of social prescribing staff has more than doubled in the past year, but pharmacy has yet to engage with schemes that can help patients with their wellbeing.
While medicines can be an important part of dementia treatment, there are doubts over whether they provide meaningful benefits for patients. As a result, emphasis is being placed on non-pharmacological approaches, some of which have had a transformative impact on the lives of patients with dementia.
Delays in accessing pain services in some parts of the country mean that people with chronic pain are struggling to cope.
Pharmacists can help patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus adopt a low-carbohydrate diet and reduce their medicines load.
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Do pharmacists have a role in reducing the side effects of ‘Dr Google’?
It's not just medicines that improve health — pharmacists need a better understanding of nutritionSubscription
Research shows that dietary changes can help to manage conditions such as diabetes and asthma, so undergraduate pharmacy courses must better prepare pharmacists to advise patients on healthy eating behaviours.
Shared decision-making should become a mandatory part of training for all healthcare professionals to improve collaboration with their patients, save the NHS billions, and ultimately improve patient outcomes, say Aseem Malhotra and Sue Bailey.
The most common alternative to pharmacological treatment offered to patients with depression and anxiety by the NHS is cognitive behavioural therapy, or ‘CBT’. This guide details how it works.
As deputy chief nurse at Public Health England, Jamie Waterall is passionate about the opportunities for pharmacy in improving the nation’s health.
In the first of a series profiling individual Royal Pharmaceutical Society members who are doing great work, Chris Roberts, medicines management lead for the award-winning Fleetwood Primary Care Home, tells Corrinne Burns how pharmacists, their colleagues and the town’s residents are working together to help patients take control of their health.
Stories bring us closer together, help us build trust and deliver wisdom, hope and healing — never underestimate their power, says mental health pharmacist Nana Tomova.
Brief interventions by community pharmacists — which require little time and no specialist training — can make a big difference to people with alcohol addiction, says Addaction pharmacy director Roz Gittins.
Consuming greater proportions of ultra-processed foods is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, results of a prospective cohort study have suggested.
Exercise plans involving both physical and mental challenges, may improve outcomes in people with Parkinson’s disease, research presented at the Future Physiology conference has shown.
People with type 2 diabetes mellitus who achieve weight loss of 10% or more within five years of diagnosis are more than twice as likely to go into remission than people who maintain the same weight, research in Diabetes Medicine has shown.
The rate of falls in older adults living in the community can be effectively reduced with exercise interventions, the authors of a recent Cochrane review have concluded.
Exercise interventions are as effective in reducing systolic blood pressure as many antihypertensive medicines in people with hypertension, according to the results of a network meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Community pharmacists' contribution to public health: assessing the global evidence baseSubscription
In the UK, community pharmacies are more accessible to the general population than general practices. Therefore, government white papers and briefing documents from pharmacy professional bodies have advocated the expansion of the role of community pharmacists, particularly in relation to the provision of services that contribute to disease prevention and health improvement. It is unknown whether the same evidence exists globally for the expansion of these roles. This article attempts ...
Non-pharmacological interventions, such as maintaining good sleep hygiene and a healthy diet, can help improve, resolve or prevent depression.
It is well known that high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, there are lifestyle interventions that pharmacists can encourage patients to implement to reduce this risk.
Preconception care: dietary and lifestyle adviceSubscription
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.
A summary of non-pharmacological therapies for patients with dementia that may be used alongside licensed medicines.
Dan White combines cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical pharmacy to train colleagues and help patients with mental health conditions.
A day in the life of a nutrition support pharmacist Subscription
Clinical nutrition is an area of nutrition that requires pharmacists to work closely with the clinical team, rather than focusing solely on compounding.