Including pharmacists on consultant-led ward rounds: a prospective non-randomised controlled trial.

Miller, G., Franklin, B.D. and Jacklin, A. (2011) Including pharmacists on consultant-led ward rounds: a prospective non-randomised controlled trial. Clinical Medicine, 11 (4). pp. 312-316.

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Abstract

This study aimed to compare interventions made by pharmacists attending consultant-led ward rounds in addition to providing a ward pharmacy service, with those made by pharmacists providing a word pharmacy service alone. A prospective non-randomised controlled study on five inpatient medical wards was carried out at two teaching hospitals. A mean of 1.73 physician-accepted interventions were made per patient for the study group, compared to 0.89 for the control (Mann Whitney U, p < 0.001) with no difference between groups in the nature or clinical importance of the interventions. One physician-accepted intervention was made every eight minutes during the consultant-led ward rounds, compared to one every 63 minutes during a ward pharmacist visit. Pharmacists attending consultant-led ward rounds in addition to undertaking a ward pharmacist visit make significantly more interventions per patient than those made by pharmacists undertaking a ward pharmacist visit alone, rectifying prescribing errors and optimising treatment.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:consultant ward rounds; pharmacists; prescribing errors
Departments, units and centres:Department of Practice and Policy > Department of Practice and Policy
ID Code:2357
Journal or Publication Title:Clinical Medicine
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Deposited On:20 Oct 2011 12:46
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