Special Issue "Pharmacists' Interventions to Optimise Patient Care"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Laura Jane Sahm
Guest Editor
School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork T12 YN60, Ireland
Interests: pharmacovigilance; public health; health literacy; appropriate prescribing; deprescribing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to be Guest Editor of this Special Issue “Pharmacists' Interventions to Optimise Patient Care” of Journal Pharmacy. The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched its third global patient safety challenge, Medication Without Harm, which focuses on improving medication safety. The goal of the WHO challenge is to reduce severe, avoidable harm related to medicines by 50% in the next 5 years. Pharmacists have the unique skillset and competencies to rise to this challenge—we are the healthcare professionals who have the knowledge, expertise, and attitudes to be able to optimise patient care regarding medications.

The global challenge aims to encourage and enable patients, their caregivers, and healthcare professionals (for example nurses, physicians, pharmacists) to take an active role in ensuring safer medication practices and medication use processes including prescribing, preparation, dispensing, administration, and monitoring.

Articles in this Special Issue will focus on the pharmacist as a leader, team member, and collaborator within the multidisciplinary team, and can include quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies. I know that there are many initiatives happening within the community and hospital settings, and I would be delighted to be able to feature these in order to raise awareness and foster further research publications in this valuable area.

Dr. Laura Jane Sahm
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Pharmacy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • medication safety;
  • medication reconciliation;
  • polypharmacy;
  • transition of patients;
  • health literacy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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