Piloting the role of a pharmacist in a community palliative care multidisciplinary team: an Australian experience

Source: BMC Palliative Care

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: Home is the most common setting for the provision of palliative care in Australia and a common problem encountered here is the inability of patient/carers to manage medications, which can lead to misadventure and hospitalisation. This can be averted through detection and resolution of drug related problems (DRPs) by a pharmacist; however, they are rarely included as members of the palliative care team. The aim of this study was to pilot a model of care that supports the role of a pharmacist in a community palliative care team. A component of the study was to develop a cost-effective model for continuing the inclusion of a pharmacist within a community palliative care service.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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