Special Issue "The Role of Pharmacists in Palliative and End of Life Care"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmacy Practice and Practice-Based Research".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Eleanor Wilson
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Guest Editor
1. School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
2. Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research in End of life care(NCARE), B302 School of Health Sciences, Medical School, Queen’s medical centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
Interests: Huntington's disease; MND; neurological conditions; long-term conditions; medications management; community nursing; delivering end of life care in the home; support for carers; anticipatory prescribing; end of life care in care homes; medicines management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As healthcare improves and technologies develop, people with terminal illness are increasingly likely to be cared for, and die, at home. However, there are considerable inequalities in access to medication and palliative care across the globe and within higher income countries such as the UK. Towards the end of life, the numbers of medications prescribed can increase, and regimes become more complex. These often include powerful painkillers and medications that can have serious side effects. As they become increasingly unwell, patients may require frequent and irregular changes to medication regimes and need considerable support, often from family members, in order to cope with the management of medications. Yet failure to take medications correctly, and unmanaged symptoms, can result in crises and unplanned hospital admissions. The understanding of the role of pharmacists in palliative and end-of-life care remains limited. This Special Issues seeks to explore pharmacist’s contributions to end-of-life care in both the home and hospital environments.

This Special Issue of Pharmacy is looking for contributions from researchers from all over the world, with the aim of exploring a number of issues around the pharmacy in palliative and end-of-life care, such as:

  • the views of patients, family member or pharmacists;
  • the role of pharmacists in community/hospital palliative and end-of-life care;
  • if and how pharmacists are integrated into palliative care teams;
  • the management of medications at the end of life in the home environment;
  • types and quantities of medications used at the end of life;
  • access to medication at the end of life;
  • use of “anticipatory” or “just in case” medications;
  • the contribution of pharmacists to hospital discharge;
  • navigation of primary and secondary care;
  • the role for pharmacists after the death

Contributions can be in the form of reviews or original research papers. We also welcome case studies and insightful commentaries.

Dr. Eleanor Wilson
Guest Editor

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  • medication management
  • pharmacotherapy
  • treatment compliance
  • palliative care
  • end-of-life care
  • home care
  • “just in case” medication
  • anticipatory medication
  • deprescribing

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Preface: The Role of Pharmacists in Palliative and End of Life Care
Pharmacy 2021, 9(3), 139; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy9030139 - 17 Aug 2021
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In this Special Issue exploring the role of pharmacists in palliative and end of life care, we sought articles that would shed light on the ways in which pharmacists could impact end of life care [...] Full article
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