How common are medication-related errors in home care?

In a questionnaire-based study published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives that included 485 fully trained nurses of 107 home care services, nearly half of all nursing staff made at least one error within the last year when administering medications. In the study, 41.6% of nurses reported medication errors within a 12-month period, and 14.8% did not provide an answer. Medication errors experienced […]

In-house pharmacists essential for aged care

Medicines are the most common treatments used in healthcare, especially for older people. But when they’re not used correctly, they can cause serious and sometimes fatal outcomes. Now, new research from the University of South Australia shows that regular visits from pharmacists to aged-care residents can reduce problems due to medicines and improve health outcomes. Working with 248 aged-care residents across 39 aged-care facilities […]

Clinical pharmacy services in the dermatology biologics clinic

Kläre Bryant, advanced clinical pharmacist in dermatology at Liverpool University Hospitals, was a recently-qualified independent prescriber when she managed the switch to biosimilar infliximab for the cohort of dermatology patients who were receiving the drug. Clinics for patients receiving biologic and other systemic treatment were the next logical step for her. Over time her role in the clinics has developed […]

Pandemic drives use of telehealth for mental health care

The COVID-19 pandemic likely permanently increased the delivery of mental health counseling through telehealth, according to new research from Oregon Health & Science University. The retrospective analysis was published today in the April issue of the journal Health Affairs. “Our study suggests that telehealth services for mental health counseling expanded significantly and is likely to stay,” said lead author Jane Zhu, M.D., assistant […]

Recent developments and primary care goals for ovarian cancer

For primary care teams, keeping up-to-date with developments and current best practice is the key to expediting ovarian cancer diagnosis, according to Dr Sharon Tate, Head of Primary Care Development, Target Ovarian Cancer (TOC). A national clinical audit and the approval of niraparib are two important, recent developments for ovarian cancer. Government funding for a national ovarian cancer audit (in […]

Diagnosis and self-help for ovarian cancer

It is a complete myth that ovarian cancer is a silent killer – even early-stage disease causes symptoms and knowing what they are is key to early treatment, according to Dr Sharon Tate, Head of Primary Care Development, Target Ovarian Cancer (TOC). Target Ovarian Cancer works hard to stamp out the myth of ‘the silent killer’, says Dr Tate. In […]

Ovarian cancer – facts and symptoms

Two thirds of UK women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed late when the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat.  IMI spoke to Dr Sharon Tate, Head of Primary Care Development, Target Ovarian Cancer (TOC) to find out more. More than 7000 women, mainly over the age of 50 years, are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in the […]

Home-based flu tests as accurate as rapid diagnostic testing in clinical settings

Home-based, self-administered tests for influenza are comparable in accuracy to rapid diagnostic tests in clinical settings, according to a recently published, peer-reviewed study. “Home tests are a valuable tool to support the management of influenza and other respiratory infections,” said Matthew J. Thompson, professor of global health and family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Thompson is the senior […]

Community pharmacies – ‘most essential’ local service

Community pharmacies have been rated the number 1 most essential local service in the 2021 Community Barometer, a poll conducted by the Association of Convenience Stores. The 2021 Community Barometer (published August 5th) looks at how people feel about the services that are available to them locally, and the impact that they have on key measures like reducing loneliness, how […]