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The Contribution of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to Person-Centred Care within a Medicine’s Optimisation in Care Homes Service: A Qualitative Evaluation

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College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK
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Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Sheffield S9 4EU, UK
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Pharmacy 2021, 9(1), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010034
Received: 6 December 2020 / Revised: 4 February 2021 / Accepted: 5 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians seek to improve person-centred care. Improvements to systems for care homes seeks to reduce medicines waste and inefficiency, particularly through supporting care home staff, to enhance safer administration of medicines. A complex evaluation used qualitative design and utilised narrative enquiry, and team members and key stakeholders were interviewed. Framework analysis was used, aligning findings to a person-centred care framework for older people. The Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH) team brokered improvement practices across care homes to enhance person-centred care. The framework analysis confirms that the team used ‘authentic attention’ in relation to the residents’ experiences and flexibility in relation to negotiating medication. The importance of transparency of processes and systems in medicines management is highlighted, alongside requirements for person-centred care to make explicit the reason for taking a medication, and the continuous discussion with a range of stakeholders about the continuing need for particular medications. The outcome of the evaluation includes insights into a new area of pharmacy practice in community, based on the skills, knowledge, and experience of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in the care home sector. Further study is needed into the efficacy and outcomes of medicines management interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: medicines optimisation; person centred care; qualitative; framework analysis; evaluation medicines optimisation; person centred care; qualitative; framework analysis; evaluation
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Fowler Davis, S.; Cholerton, R.; Freeman-Parry, L.; Tsoneva, J. The Contribution of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to Person-Centred Care within a Medicine’s Optimisation in Care Homes Service: A Qualitative Evaluation. Pharmacy 2021, 9, 34. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010034

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Fowler Davis S, Cholerton R, Freeman-Parry L, Tsoneva J. The Contribution of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to Person-Centred Care within a Medicine’s Optimisation in Care Homes Service: A Qualitative Evaluation. Pharmacy. 2021; 9(1):34. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010034

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Fowler Davis, Sally, Rachel Cholerton, Louise Freeman-Parry, and Jo Tsoneva. 2021. "The Contribution of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to Person-Centred Care within a Medicine’s Optimisation in Care Homes Service: A Qualitative Evaluation" Pharmacy 9, no. 1: 34. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9010034

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