Stress is a routine part of our lives and affects everyone differently. The following tips are ways to reduce and manage stress, and promote a healthy state of well-being.
US Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention has released a new proposed chapter with a focus on the handling of hazardous drugs (HDs) within healthcare settings: USP Chapter 800.
Improvements in glycemic control have been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with type 2 diabetes by decreasing chronic complications.
TODAY, the US healthcare system faces a mounting shortage of general practitioners, rising costs of running a primary care practice, and growing patient demand for healthcare services. This trifecta has created a conundrum for providers: how can physicians’ practices reduce costs without negatively impacting quality of care? With an influx of 30 to 33 million newly insured patients anticipated by 2016 as a result of Affordable Care Act legislation, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, healthcare demand and cost pressures are only anticipated to climb.
HR 4190 is awaiting passage in Congress with importance to pharmacists, but not for its provisions, which would have little effect on most pharmacists. This segment addresses the strategic factors underlying the rhetoric about HR 4190. For it has been positioned by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC), as part of an agenda of expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice, which merits keen understanding.
Undoubtedly, 2014 will be characterized by the ascendency of a new type of healthcare consumer. “Consumers are no longer passive patients, but rather engaged—and more discerning—customers wielding new tools and better information to comparison shop. The year ahead will be marked by how well the healthcare industry responds to this shift. Organizations that fail to adapt will risk declining revenues as consumers turn elsewhere to have their health needs met.”
The richness of experiential education derives from the diversity and uniqueness of each practice setting. This same diversity presents challenges in de­livery of the educational experience. Added to the complexity are differences in student content knowledge and skill set, readiness for practice, attitude, and motivation. Nonetheless, there are a number of best practices that can be universally employed to ensure that both preceptor and student alike benefit from a positive experience.
Mental illness has become a significant problem in public health, with almost 25% of the US adult population with a mental disorder.
In the psychiatric SETTING, however, this period represents a crucial time that can make the difference between successful outpatient clinical outcome and a relapse and rehospitalization. Continuity of pharmaceutical care is vital to the success of this transition. Having an understanding of this process can allow community pharmacists to better assist patients as they move into the outpatient care setting.
Antipsychotic medications are used in the treatment of patients with various psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and in some cases, major depressive disorder. They are categorized into first and second generation.
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