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Pharmacy 2018, 6(1), 18;

Patient-Centered Communication

School of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions, North Dakota State University Fargo, ND 58108, USA
Received: 2 January 2018 / Revised: 8 February 2018 / Accepted: 9 February 2018 / Published: 13 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Communication in Pharmacy Practice)
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As the population ages, morbidity and mortality associated with chronic disease will increase. Some patient-centered improvements have been made in health care services, but optimal health has not been fully realized. Only when pharmacists have a holistic understanding of an individual patient, including their experience of illness and medication, can they effectively assess appropriateness, safety, efficacy, and adherence to medications and develop realistic treatment plans. When patients are involved in their care, they are better able to manage complex chronic conditions by understanding and adhering to their plan of care. Pharmacists can enable patients to participate fully using patient-centered communication. There are relatively few published articles on patient-centered communication specific to pharmacists, but the Calgary-Cambridge guide and Four Habits model have applicability to pharmacy practice. The Patient-Centered Communication Tools (PaCT), created for use in pharmacy education and loosely based on the Four Habits model, can assist pharmacists in developing their patient-centered communication skills. Lastly, best practices for patient-centered communication in pharmacy practice are described. View Full-Text
Keywords: patient-centered communication; Calgary-Cambridge guide; four habits model; Patient-Centered Communication Tools (PaCT); communication models; pharmacists patient-centered communication; Calgary-Cambridge guide; four habits model; Patient-Centered Communication Tools (PaCT); communication models; pharmacists

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