Special Issue "Advances in Pharmaceutical Care"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

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Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sheila A. Ryder
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School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Interests: technology-enhanced healthcare; medication adherence; medication safety; pharmacy education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 1990, Hepler and Strand defined pharmaceutical care as “the responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life.’’[1] In the intervening three decades, there has been considerable controversy about both this definition and the relationship of pharmaceutical care to other concepts such as medicines management and medication therapy management services. However, this debate is arguably a distraction; the general philosophy of patient-centred care provision by the pharmacy profession has widespread support and has led to numerous valuable initiatives.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present readers with current and potential pharmaceutical care practices, focusing in particular on aspects that have emerged or evolved over time. Examples may include, but are not limited to, new approaches that have become possible with advances in technology, the refinement of older pharmaceutical care strategies to optimize outcomes or minimize obstacles, the tailoring and targeting of pharmaceutical care, initiatives that have been prompted by the use of new medicines, the integration of pharmaceutical care into collaborative healthcare, and advances in the teaching of pharmaceutical care skills.

Manuscripts of all types are welcome, including reviews, commentaries, case studies, and research studies.

Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787) is an international, scientific, open-access journal on pharmacy education and practice published quarterly online by MDPI. The journal has already been indexed by PubMed, ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index), and Web of Science. Furthermore, Pharmacy is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and, accordingly, submissions are peer reviewed rigorously to ensure that they conform to the highest standards in their field.

If the Special Issue contains more than 10 papers, the publishers will print a book edition, which will be made available in digital (open-access) and paperback format (ordered via Amazon) on the MDPI website, http://books.mdpi.com.

Hopefully, this will be a platform for sharing good practice in pharmaceutical care and learning from one another’s experiences.

  1. Hepler CD, Strand LM. Opportunities and responsibilities in pharmaceutical care. Am J Hosp Pharm. 1990; 47:533–543.

Assoc. Prof. Sheila A. Ryder
Guest Editor

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  • Pharmaceutical care
  • Patient-centred care
  • Pharmacist care
  • Medicines management
  • Medication therapy management services

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Clinical Pharmacy Activities in Swiss Hospitals: How Have They Evolved from 2013 to 2017?
Pharmacy 2020, 8(1), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8010019 - 08 Feb 2020
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The role of pharmacists is changing; in many countries, pharmacists have acquired new competencies. A survey conducted in 2013 mapped the clinical pharmacy services in Swiss hospitals by quantifying full-time equivalents (FTE) and depicting clinical pharmacy activities. The aim of this survey was [...] Read more.
The role of pharmacists is changing; in many countries, pharmacists have acquired new competencies. A survey conducted in 2013 mapped the clinical pharmacy services in Swiss hospitals by quantifying full-time equivalents (FTE) and depicting clinical pharmacy activities. The aim of this survey was to update these results and analyze the development in Swiss hospitals. An online questionnaire was sent to chief hospital pharmacists (n = 60). The questionnaire was developed based on the previous survey and on a literature search. The survey took place from June to September 2017. In the survey, 44 hospital pharmacies participated (return rate 73%). They counted 265.8 FTE for pharmacists; 31 offered clinical pharmacy services. Hospitals participating in both surveys (n = 32) showed a significant increase in FTE for hospital (+24.5%) and clinical (+62.7%) pharmacists. The number of training positions available for the certificate of proficiency in “clinical pharmacy” has increased by 5.5. Patient-related services are less commonly implemented in comparison to treatment and process-related services. In conclusion, the increase in FTE of clinical pharmacists was more pronounced than of hospital pharmacists in general. For further development and broader implementation of clinical pharmacy services, however, hospital pharmacies should increase the number of training positions and should direct more activities towards patient-related services. Full article
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