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Multidisciplinary Collaboration between a Community Pharmacy and a Travel Clinic in a Swiss University Primary Care and Public Health Centre

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Community Pharmacy Centre, Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine, University of Lausanne, CH-1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Community Pharmacy Practice Research, School of pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva/University of Lausanne, CH-1206 Genève, Switzerland
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Travel Clinic, Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine, University of Lausanne, CH-1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Infectious Disease Service, University Hospital, CH-1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland
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Pharmacy 2018, 6(4), 126; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy6040126
Received: 7 November 2018 / Revised: 29 November 2018 / Accepted: 30 November 2018 / Published: 5 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Travel Medicine - Series Ⅰ)
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Abstract

This review is a narrative description of a collaboration between a travel clinic and a community pharmacy centre within a university primary care and public health centre (Lausanne/Switzerland). Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians participate in this collaboration to provide (1). counselling and clinical activities with travellers (e.g., pre-travel consultations and advice to travellers), (2). clinical pharmacy expertise and medicine information services (e.g., selection of an appropriate antimalarial medication for a traveller to manage of drug-drug interactions), (3). technical and logistical activities related to medicines and vaccines (e.g., management of vaccine shortages and specially imported medicines and vaccines from foreign countries) and (4). educational activities (e.g., undergraduate pharmacy teaching and continuous education to community pharmacists). Such a multidisciplinary collaboration should be encouraged as it enables us to address the evolution and challenges of travel medicine related to medication, such as growing vaccine shortages and an increasing number of chronic patients who travel. This review may be used as a model for the dissemination of such collaborative practices, to develop future advanced teaching and training activities, to provide a framework for research related to travel and medicines and to participate in the evaluation of vaccination practices by community pharmacists. View Full-Text
Keywords: travel medicine; pharmacy; community; travel; practice; vaccination; Switzerland; multidisciplinary collaboration travel medicine; pharmacy; community; travel; practice; vaccination; Switzerland; multidisciplinary collaboration
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Berger, J.; Barbalat, M.-J.; Pavón Clément, V.; Genton, B.; Bugnon, O. Multidisciplinary Collaboration between a Community Pharmacy and a Travel Clinic in a Swiss University Primary Care and Public Health Centre. Pharmacy 2018, 6, 126.

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