In this course, students will be taught clinical pharmacy skills with special focus on patient communication, drug history of the patient, evaluation and interpretation of lab results and prescribed drugs. This course is one of the stepping stones to help the students lay the foundation to reach full competency in pharmacy practice and a place to apply the content the students is learning in other areas of his/her studies to patient care. In addition, this course involves discussions and practical sessions that improve and develop students’ understanding and skill levels in selected areas of pharmaceutical care practice mainly in the most prevalent diseases and in medication use in special populations.
This course aims to enhance and develop the students’ comprehensive skills in both hospitalized and outpatients’ care process that includes data collection, identification of drug related problems, care plan development and follow-up. This course will improve the effectiveness of clinical pharmacist in healthcare environments. The students can design a pharmacy care plan for individual patients, including goals of therapy, pharmacotherapy plan and a monitoring plan, in order to solve and prevent drug therapy problems and to achieve optimal outcomes. In addition, they can understand and participate in problem related problems reporting and management of quality control. Documentation of pharmaceutical care practice should be optimized.
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
a. Knowledge and Understanding:
a.1. Summarize the main and important points in pharmaceutical care and the main role of the pharmacist in various pharmacy locations.
a.2. Understand the concept of evidence-based medicine and use such in justifying therapeutic
a.3. Recognize knowledge about rational drug use at the individual and institutional levels.
a.4. Describe medical problems management
b. Intellectual Skills
b.1. Develop individualized, culturally and clinically appropriate care plans.
b.2. Design the optimum drug therapy for the patient.
b.3. Identify drug therapy problems for a patient using a specific decision-making process
b.4. Design the documentation of care provided to patients effectively using different documentation forms.
b.5. Analyze relevant information for clinical case notes and assess problems in therapeutic management of patients
c. Professional and Practical Skills
c.1. Recognize the responsibility to provide service to communities
c.2. Evaluate and solve drug-related and patient-related problems.
c.3. Design monitoring plan for drug regimen therapeutic outcomes.
c.4. Apply learned information in providing appropriate patient counseling and education.
c.5. Implement and calculate appropriate dosage for adults and paediatrics on scientific basis.
d. General and Transferable Skills
d.1. Search internet database for new updates in treatment guidelines.
d.2. Acquire skills to give and receive critical evaluation on peers presentation and clinical care plan.
d.3. To give the students the opportunity to work as team to solve clinical problems
d.4. Appreciate team work in a seminar and work effectively in a self-directed group
Cipolle RJ, Strand LM, Morley PC. 2012. Pharmaceutical Care Practice: The Patient-Centered Approach to Medication Management, 3rd ed. New York : Megraw-Hill
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