Medication Management

Safety of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Hospital. What Can the Hospital Pharmacist Do to Improve Quality of Care?

How can pharmacists can contribute to safety by improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities for people with intellectual disabilities? Source: Pharmacy | Free Full-Text Author: Bernadette Flood Abstract  People with intellectual disabilities are vulnerable in healthcare environments. They experience health and healthcare inequalities, and when admitted to general hospitals are at a greater risk of …

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Pain and pain assessment in people with intellectual disability: Issues and challenges in practice

Source: 2017 – British Journal of Learning Disabilities – Wiley Online Library Authors: Owen Doody, Maria E. Bailey Abstract Accessible summary Pain is difficult to identify when people cannot communicate. If pain is not identified, it cannot be managed and causes stress. Pain assessment is essential in order to identify pain. Pain assessment requires a combination …

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“Tell me what they do to my body”: A survey to find out what information people with learning disabilities want with their medications

Fifty-eight people completed the questionnaire. Many of them said they did not get enough information about their medicine. Most people wanted easy-read leaflets and pictures. Authors: Rebecca Fish, Chris Hatton, Umesh Chauhan Source: British Journal of Learning Disabilities – 2017 – Wiley Online Library Abstract Accessible summary We gave a questionnaire to self-advocates who were attending …

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Knowledge and expectations of direct support professionals towards effects of psychotropic drug use in people with ID

To achieve sufficient collaboration of intellectual disability support professionals in reducing inappropriate psychotropic drug use of clients, vocational educational training is needed. Source: Knowledge and expectations of direct support professionals towards effects of psychotropic drug use in people with intellectual disabilities – Kuijper – 2017 – Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities – Wiley …

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Study finds $200 billion in avoidable health care costs | American Pharmacists Association

Source: Study finds $200 billion in avoidable health care costs | American Pharmacists Association June 21, 2013 Medication misuse, non-adherence, errors contribute to wasteful spending Health care costs caused by improper and unnecessary use of medications exceeded $200 billion in 2012, amounting to an estimated 10 million hospital admissions, 78 million outpatient treatments, 246 million …

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