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The role of a residential aged care pharmacist: Findings from a pilot study

McDerby, NC, Kosari, S, Bail, KS, Shield, AJ, Peterson, G ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882, Thorpe, R and Naunton, M 2020 , 'The role of a residential aged care pharmacist: Findings from a pilot study' , Australasian Journal on Ageing , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.1111/ajag.12784.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the feasibility of integrating a residential care pharmacist anddescribe the activities they subsequently undertake in an established residential agedcare facility.Methods: A residential care pharmacist was integrated part-time (15 hours perweek) into a 104-bed residential aged care facility in the Australian Capital Territory,for 6 months. The pharmacist documented all activities performed during the studyperiod.Results: The residential care pharmacist documented 335.3 hours performing 284activities. The two broad classes of activities were as follows: (1) organisationoriented, which were system-level interventions to improve medication safety, and(2) resident-oriented, which were clinical interventions conducted at the individuallevel. The activities most frequently performed were pharmaceutical opinion, qualityimprovement and comprehensive medication review. The stakeholder and organisational demand for these activities indicated feasibility for the role.Conclusion: Pharmacists working collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary agedcare team can perform a range of clinically and operationally beneficial activities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McDerby, NC and Kosari, S and Bail, KS and Shield, AJ and Peterson, G and Thorpe, R and Naunton, M
Keywords: collaboration, health services research, interdisciplinary communication, medication therapy management, nursing homes
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1440-6381
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajag.12784
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