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How to make the most of a clinical pharmacist - research from Sheffield

Up to 4. Develop the team
May 27. 2019

A study in BJGP Open provides detailed insights into the success factors for embedding clinical pharmacists as members of the primary care team, and maximising their impact for patients and the practice.

The researchers studied the Sheffield Primary Care Pharmacy Programme, which included 86 of 88 practices in Sheffield. 

The stud showed that clinical pharmacists "were able to substitute for medicines-related GP roles, including post-discharge medicines reconciliation, medication reviews, and prescription queries. Working in general practices allowed CPs to gain understanding of the patient's complete pathway in primary care; access to patient records, and the relationships established between CPs and the practice team, allowed CPs to provide more effective patient care in community pharmacy."

The study is available at https://bjgpopen.org/content/2/4/bjgpopen18X101611 

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