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Opioid use in palliative care: selection, initiation and optimisationSubscription

Opioids are commonly administered as part of end-of-life care. Pharmacists should know how to select, initiate and optimise opioids to best meet patient needs.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: diagnosis and managementSubscription

Early diagnosis and medicines optimisation are fundamental to ensure timely and appropriate treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and improve a patient’s quality of life.

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Cancer-associated thrombosisSubscription

Venous thromboembolism is a complication of cancer that pharmacists should understand to ensure that their patients have the best possible outcomes.  

Diabetes: mental health considerations in adults

Diabetes: mental health considerations in adults Subscription

Pharmacists can contribute to the psychological and emotional wellbeing of people living with diabetes by helping to identify those who have mental wellbeing needs, optimising treatment and minimising risk factors.

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Insomnia disorder: management strategiesSubscription

As sleep disturbances are common, understanding their management and how to best counsel and appropriately treat patients is essential.

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Insomnia disorder: diagnosis and preventionSubscription

Insomnia can have a profound impact on a patient; understanding its causes and how it can be prevented can have significant implications on their wellbeing.

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Implementing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy in practiceSubscription

How pharmacists can ensure the safe delivery of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy by ensuring governance, operational and clinical requirements are met.

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Tetanus: symptoms, treatment and vaccination

Although most people in the UK will be vaccinated against tetanus as a child, immunity does not always persist into adulthood. It is important that pharmacists can recognise the symptoms and know the treatments available for this disease.

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Acute coronary syndrome: risk factors, diagnosis and treatment Subscription

This overview describes the different management options for acute coronary syndrome and how pharmacists can support patients with the condition.

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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.

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Reducing risk and managing dispensing errorsSubscription

Pharmacy teams should understand how to minimise the risk and likelihood of dispensing errors, including methods that can be used to evaluate existing processes, as well as how to deal with errors if they happen.

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Managing fever in children

This learning resource outlines guideline-based recommendations for the management of children and young people with fever, including the appropriate use of over-the-counter analgesics, to support effective pharmacy consultations.

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Understanding dispensing errors and riskSubscription

As prescription numbers continue to increase, it is necessary to understand the dispensing errors that can occur and how they may happen. 

Oral candidiasis: causes, types and treatment

Oral candidiasis: causes, types and treatmentSubscription

Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be able to recognise oral thrush, a common yeast infection, and provide appropriate treatment advice to resolve infections.

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Promoting self-care for acute pain

This learning resource outlines evidence-based best practice for pharmacy consultations focusing on acute pain, including appropriate selection of over-the-counter analgesics to enable effective self-care.

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Case-based learning: constipation in adultsSubscription

It is important that pharmacists understand how to appropriately and safely manage patients with constipation in light of new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency guidance announced in August 2020.

Cervical cancer prevention: advice and services

Cervical cancer prevention: advice and servicesSubscription

With the uptake of cervical screening at 70–73% in the UK, it is important for pharmacy teams to recognise the symptoms of cervical cancer, as well as provide advice on prevention strategies.

Differential diagnosis: cold, flu or COVID-19?

Differential diagnosis: cold, flu or COVID-19?

An overview of the main differences between the symptoms for colds, flu and COVID-19, to enable pharmacy teams to advise patients effectively on their management, including treatment and/or referral.

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Case-based learning: impetigoSubscription

Pharmacists need to identify and manage impetigo effectively to help prevent its spread. 

Gonorrhoea infection: diagnosis and treatment

Gonorrhoea infection: diagnosis and treatmentSubscription

Diagnoses of gonorrhoea in England rose by 26% between 2018 and 2019. Pharmacy teams can help prevent transmission and promote good sexual health practices through identifying patients at risk.

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