Frail older people with multi-morbidities in primary care: a new integrated care clinical pharmacy service

Oboh, Lelly, Leon, Catherine, Qadir, Sulman, Smith, Felicity and Francis, Sally-Anne (2018) Frail older people with multi-morbidities in primary care: a new integrated care clinical pharmacy service. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 40 (1). pp. 41-47. ISSN 2210-7711

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Background: Older people confined to their own homes due to frailty, multiple long-term conditions and/or complex needs, are known to be at risk of medicines-related problems. Whilst a health and social care team approach to supporting these patients is advocated, there is limited evidence regarding how pharmacists can best contribute. Objective: To describe a new specialist pharmacy service (called the integrated care clinical pharmacist) in terms of how it works, what it achieves and its policy implications. Setting: Patients’ own homes in Lambeth, London, UK. Method: Community matrons identified patients who were experiencing medicines-related problems. These were referred to the integrated care clinical pharmacist who undertook a full medication review and recorded activities, which were independently analysed anonymously. Main Outcome Measure: Medicines-related problems and the associated interventions. Result: 143 patients were referred to the service over a 15-month period. A total of 376 medicines-related problems were identified: 28 (7%) supply issues, 107 (29%) compliance issues, 241 (64%) clinical issues. A diverse range of interventions were instigated by the pharmacist, requiring the coordination of community pharmacists, primary and secondary health and social care professionals. Conclusion: This project demonstrated that including an integrated care clinical pharmacy service as part of the health and social care team that visits frail, older people in their own homes has benefits. The service operated as part of a wider inter-professional community team. The service also supported current health policy priorities in medicines optimization by identifying and addressing a wide range of medicines-related problems for this vulnerable patient group.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: multi-morbidities, frailty, older people, integrated care, pharmacy, medicines optimization, United Kingdom
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Sally-Anne Francis
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 15:59
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:57

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