The Role of the Pharmacist in Patient Care

Achieving High Quality, Cost-Effective and Accessible Healthcare Through a Team-Based, Patient-Centered Approach

by Abdul Kader Mohiuddin

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Synopsis

The goal of a high quality, cost-effective and accessible health care for patients is achieved through constructing a team-based and patient-centered health care delivery system. The expanded role of pharmacists uplifts them to patient care from dispensing and manufacturing or marketing of drugs. Along with doctors and allied health professionals, pharmacists are increasingly recognized as an integral part of the patient care team. Furthermore, colleges of pharmacy need to revise and up-date their curricula to accommodate the progressively increasing development in the pharmaceutical education and the evolving new roles of practicing pharmacists in patient care settings. This book focuses on the expanded role of the pharmacists in total patient care including prescribing, dispensing, compounding, administering and monitoring of drugs at home, hospital, community, hospice, critical care, changeover and other care settings. The sector is emerging in both developed and under-developed countries. Overburdened by patient loads and the explosion of new drugs physicians turn to pharmacists more and more for drug information especially within institutional settings. And today’s patient care pharmacists are taking more interests in medication review and reconciliation, patient education and counseling, creating drug therapy regimen and monitoring compliance. The purpose of this book is to guide the pharmacists in their daily interactions with patients and to ensure collaboration with other health professionals. The contents are mostly based on recently published articles related to patient care, with most recent ideas and activities followed by the patient care pharmacists around the globe.

However, a pharmacist implements the care plan in collaboration with other health care professionals and the patient or caregiver. Along with professional guidelines, the book discusses the concepts and best practices of patient interaction, patient rights, and ethical decision-making for the professional pharmacist, apprentice and student. In every chapter, the role of pharmacists in that chapter specific issues are detailed explicitly so that a professional pharmacist or a student can figure out his or her do’s and don’ts in that specific situation. Moreover, further reading references are listed as future recommendations. So, the book is an archive of potential references too. Among so many books about patient care, either doctors’ or nurses’ roles are highlighted. The proposed book highlights the pharmacists’ roles and responsibilities to the most, separated from those of doctors and nurses, with the most recent information obtained from most publications in several journals, books, bulletins, newsletter, magazines etc.

REVIEWS and WORDS OF PRAISE

The clinical pharmacist has many opportunities to help a patient identify their diagnosis, and to catch errors in these assignments. The Role of the Pharmacist in Patient Care presents many excellent examples of each. The book should be required reading for pharmacy trainees interested in how they can play a direct role in appreciably advancing patient safety.
Mark L Graber, MD FACP, Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, and Chief Medical Officer, Founder and President Emeritus, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)

The contribution of a pharmacist in terms of ensuring the optimal, safe and evidence-based medicine to improve overall patient care is immense in current days. The book can be a very useful tool for the young pharmacists who are very aspiring to excel in their career.
Dr. Mosaddeque Mamur, Specialty Registrar, Acute Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The book takes a holistic view of the impact made by pharmacists in various chronic diseases including asthma, diabetes and hypertension. a job well done!
r Naeem Hasan Mubarak (PhD), Associate Professor/Project Director, RCNS Lahore Medical & Dental College, University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Thanks for your efforts and thanks for being an advocate of the pharmacist role in patient care.
Osama Al-Quteimat, Department of Pharmacy, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE

I believe that the book will be useful in providing a novel perspective for both students of pharmacy and other medical specialties, in addition to practicing medical professionals in the front-line and those involved in research.
Dr. Gajdács Márió, Department of Pharmacodynamics and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Szeged, Hungary

About the Author

Abdul Kader Mohiuddin is a registered Pharmacist of Bangladesh Pharmacy Council. He holds a B.Pharm (2004) and M.Pharm (2006) from Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, and completed his MBA (2007) from East West University, and was in faculty of Pharmacy, World University of Bangladesh as an Assistant Professor. In addition to eight years of teaching experience, he has experience with several pharmaceutical companies in strategic management and has authored seven books and many articles on alternative medicines, patient care, marine drug sources and other recent healthcare issues. He is currently acting secretary and treasurer in Dr. M. Nasirullah Memorial Trust.