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Medication in Review


While oral corticosteroids (OCS) are effective for reducing inflammation and for immunosuppression in several chronic conditions, frequent corticosteroid use is associated with substantial adverse effects. Pharmacists can play an important …

25 years after the first pharmacists were accredited to conduct them, the benefits of comprehensive medication reviews have been demonstrated in better health outcomes for patients. By Debbie Rigby, advanced …

Smoking is an important risk factor in the development of chronic respiratory conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Pharmacists conducting comprehensive medication reviews have an opportunity to …

Breathlessness is a cardinal symptom for cardiorespiratory diseases, leading to a cycle of physical deconditioning, anxiety and depression. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions can reduce stress and improve quality of life. …

While effective treatment is available, osteoporosis remains undertreated. Pharmacists are well placed to identify patients at high risk of osteoporosis and fracture using validated risk assessment tools, and optimise their …

Chronic cough is a common and distressing symptom among older people living in the community and in residential aged care. Pharmacists conducting comprehensive medication reviews have an opportunity to identify …

Frailty is common in patients with COPD and is associated with poorer health outcomes, hospital admissions and failure to complete pulmonary rehabilitation. Early recognition of frailty in the natural course …

Medication reviews are an opportunity for pharmacists to assess a person’s asthma control and inhaler device technique in the privacy of their home and integrate shared decision making for optimal …

Frail older people are vulnerable to minimal stress that can lead to functional impairment and adverse health outcomes. Pharmacists conducting medication reviews need to screen for frailty and consider the …

Patients with complex medication regimens show poor adherence to therapy so it stands to reason that reducing medicines complexity has been shown to improve adherence. Simplification of complex medication regimens …

Medication reconciliation is a critical activity to identify any unintended medication discrepancies at transitions of care and optimise patient medication safety. By Debbie Rigby, advanced practice pharmacist Learning objectives After …