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Compounded Medications in a Hospital Setting: Patient Counseling and Staff Education

Author(s):  McElhiney Linda F

Issue:  May/Jun 2009 - Pain Management
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Abstract:  Patient counseling can be a challenge in a hospital facility, particularly for the compounding pharmacist. Since most patient education is provided by nurses and physicians, pharmacists must be diligent in educating the hospital staff about medications so that the patient or caregiver receives adequate counseling to improve compliance with the pharmaceutical care plan, to play an active role in monitoring for progress or adverse effects, and to prevent hospital readmission. This article discusses the guidelines and standards that have been established by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc., in the areas of patient consultation and staff education.

Related Keywords: Linda F. McElhiney, PharmD, RPh, hospital pharmacy, patient counseling, patient compliance, patient education, pharmacy education, formulation, patient advisory leaflets, adverse effects


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