Pharmacy-led medicines information services improve patient care and clinical outcomes, results of a UK-wide study confirm
Researchers analysed enquiries made by 647 pharmacists, doctors and nurses to 62 medicines information services.
Based questionnaires, 81% of respondents sought advice from the service before proceeding with their patient’s treatment. Some 85% of respondents said the advice had helped their patients or improved clinical outcome.
Medicines safety was also improved in 77% of cases and 15% of patients avoided a major risk. In 22% of cases, medicines information pharmacists raised clinical issues not previously considered by the health professionals, the research reveals.
A multidisciplinary panel of healthcare professionals independently assessed the impact of advice for a sample of enquiries.