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Community pharmacist-led interventions have been shown to improve adherence and health outcomes for patients with chronic diseases but a number of barriers remain. Researchers from New Zealand conducted a systematic review across medical and pharmaceutical journals to examine the role...
As the fatal consequences of prescription overdoses have climbed in Australia, a recently published  study from Monash University identified key factors that could indicate a predisposition to persistent opioid use in patients without cancer.   The population-based study examined a...
Having a pharmacist in a general practice can be a powerful tool for changing other healthcare practitioners' attitudes towards pharmacy scope of care, a pilot study has shown. Presenting at PSA18, the University of Canberra’s Dr Mark Naunton discussed some...
The evidence is in: positive health outcomes can hinge on patients’ ability to understand health information – and on pharmacists’ ability to impart it. Health literacy has important implications for understanding health information,1,2 guiding health behaviours3 and producing health outcomes.4...
The health benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and baby are significant, which is why breast milk is considered the best form of nutrition for babies. Learning objectives   After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Describe...
Achieving better outcomes for rheumatoid arthritis patients requires successful collaboration between specialists, GPs and pharmacists. A new NPS MedicineWise education program has highlighted the importance of successful collaboration between rheumatologists, general practitioners (GPs) and community pharmacists in the early diagnosis...
A pharmacist-led intervention targeted towards reducing the prevalence of sedative prescription in aged care has reduced antipsychotic prescribing by 13% and that of benzodiazepines by 21%. The University of Tasmania team led by Prof Greg Peterson and Dr Juanita Westbury...
You don’t notice it at first but you find yourself tripping over and falling a lot more – you can’t ever remember being that clumsy. Everything seems to take that much longer because your muscles don’t do what you...
Arthritis Australia has launched a National Strategic Action Plan which resolves to prevent arthritis, invest in research, and improve treatment and support for people living with the condition. Arthritis is a leading cause of chronic pain in Australia. Around four...
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder affecting the small intestine and colon. There is no underlying structural or biochemical explanation for the symptoms, and the pathophysiology of IBS is not fully understood. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating...