Some patients teach a valuable lesson that endures for an entire professional career, and in 2019, The Pharmaceutical Journal challenged pharmacists to describe the patient who changed their practice, in no more than 500 words. And they did not disappoint.
The entries varied hugely, from the memory-sharing elderly lady who reminds us that everyone was young once, to the hurt patient who hits home the importance of involving patients in decisions about their own care.
We were pleased to receive so many brilliant entries from pharmacists, and those in training, and we hope you enjoy reading our selection of the best.
'The Patient Who Changed My Practice' writing competition finalists
- WINNER: The patient who taught me that even superheroes have flaws — Rory Wemyss
- Dispensing a heart, not just a medicine — Ade Williams
- To all my patients, who change me a little every time we meet — Nana Tomova
- Bravery on your patient's behalf — Sophie Oduyale
- The person your elderly patient used to be — John Wood
Best of the rest:
- A patient can say everything with just one look — Malcolm Brown
- Just talking, itself, is therapeutic — Simon Jacklin
- It is every patient who changes your practice — Mark Borthwick
- The pharmacist I am today — Fatema Mamdani
- The patient who changed me even before I became a pharmacist — Emma Boxer (preregistration/student category)
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