This overview describes the different management options for acute coronary syndrome and how pharmacists can support patients with the condition.
Schizophrenia: recognition and management Subscription
Common medicines used to manage schizophrenia have many side effects that can cause significant morbidity. Regular monitoring and support can ensure patients improve outcomes.
Pharmacists should be able to describe the differences between acute lymphoblastic and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and the available treatment.
There are several tools pharmacists can use when assessing a patient’s medicines; however, patient input and appropriate questions can have a profound impact in ensuring medicines optimisation.
Hepatitis A infection: symptoms and managementSubscription
Pharmacists must understand how hepatitis A is spread and how it affects patients in order to ensure prompt, effective treatment and to reduce the spread of the infection.
Patient education and self management are central to treating type 2 diabetes mellitus and preventing its associated complications.
Early diagnosis and multi-modal treatment is necessary to improve quality of life in adolescents and women with endometriosis.
How pharmacists can implement guidance and best practice in response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure patient and staff safety, as well as the approaches pharmacy teams across the UK are taking in response to the virus.
As the most common incurable hormonal condition affecting women of reproductive age, polycystic ovary syndrome can lead to infertility, anxiety and cardiovascular disease if it is not managed appropriately.
Recognising and managing certain complications of Parkinson’s disease can help improve care and reduce the risk of admission for people living with the condition.
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.
Dental caries, periodontal disease and oral cancer are health problems that can be prevented with the help of community pharmacists.
Case-based learning: postnatal depressionSubscription
Appropriate early recognition and timely treatment of postnatal depression is essential if patients are to make a full recovery.
Although it is common to see pharmacogenomic testing used North America and Australia, it is not yet part of practice in the UK. With the promise of genomic screening becoming part of the NHS, pharmacists must equip themselves with a knowledge of how the process works.
Postnatal depression: recognition and diagnosisSubscription
Pharmacists are likely to encounter patients affected by postnatal depression; therefore, the ability to identify signs of this under-recognised disorder is essential for appropriate and prompt referral for help and support.
There are several factors to consider when designing a new pharmacy service — this hospital-based example helps demonstrate some of the steps involved.
Patients often use their pharmacy as the first point of call for advice on the management of acute pain. This article outlines how to conduct a patient-centred acute pain consultation using a shared-decision making approach.
Test yourself: the 2019 CPD and learning quiz Subscription
Take this quiz, with questions based on 2019’s CPD and learning articles, and test your knowledge of subjects ranging from dermatological conditions to infectious diseases.
Pharmacists and their teams should be able to manage patients presenting with ear discharge, earache and dizziness effectively, referring patients only when necessary.
Managing ear problems: hearing loss and tinnitusSubscription
Pharmacy teams should know when to manage and refer patients presenting with hearing loss or tinnitus.
Community pharmacists encounter patients at all stages in their life; however, patients who require palliative care require dedicated time and special consideration.
Case-based learning: recognising sepsisSubscription
Sepsis can lead to organ failure and death. However, early diagnosis and recognition in the pharmacy may help prevent these potentially fatal consequences.
Practical steps for implementing a training programme to support staff in delivering consistent and reliable cold and flu management advice to the public.
Having a meaningful conversation with patients about cold and flu symptoms and management can be challenging, but it can be made easier by applying effective consultation skill theory to everyday practice.
Patients should use pharmacy as their first point of call for advice for the management of minor conditions, such as cold and flu, and have clear expectations around what pharmacy can offer. This article outlines the approach and principles behind effective and meaningful consultations.
Outlining the vital role of each member of the pharmacy team and highlighting best practice when patients present with cold and flu ensures a consistent, high standard of care is available across pharmacy.
Case-based learning: sore throatSubscription
Most sore throats are caused by viral infections and get better within a week through self-care. However, it is important to recognise when a sore throat is a symptom of a more serious illness.