Special Issue "The Burden of Medicines"
A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019).
Interests: social and administrative pharmacy; health outcome research; patient-reported outcomes
This Special Issue focuses on the burden of medicines on patients’ lives and the role of pharmacists in helping to reduce that burden.
Drug therapy remains to be the most used intervention to prevent illness, reduce symptoms, and treat disease. Unfortunately, medicines are associated with numerous adverse effects that impact on the quality of life and wellbeing of patients. Non-pharmacological approaches to control disease are preferred over drug treatment, but unfortunately these are sometimes insufficient on their own. Patients on multiple drug therapy (polypharmacy) and those with comorbidities are at high risk of drug-related problems. However, pharmacists could help in reducing the burden of drug therapy through the application of pharmaceutical care (PC). With its patient-centred philosophy of practice, the full application of PC should help patients make the best out of their medicines. Given that patients’ perspectives on issues related to the use of medicines are different from those of health care providers, more attention is now drawn toward assessing the burden of drug therapy from the perspective of the patient. That would provide practitioners with information on what health domains are impacted the most, and what intervention should be made to reduce the negative impact of drug therapy.
We invite you to present your research, reviews, or opinions in relation to the burden of medicines and the role of pharmacy and pharmacists in reducing that burden. If you conducted research focusing on PC, health outcomes, patient-reported outcomes, or any related areas, please consider sharing it with readers through this Special Issue of Pharmacy. We wish to increase awareness about the burden of medicines, strategies to assess that burden, and the role of pharmacists in that effort.
Prof. Dr. Nadir Kheir
Manuscript Submission Information
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- patient-reported outcomes
- quality of life