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      Documentation of pharmacotherapeutic interventions of pharmacy students

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          During patient care rounds with the medical team, pharmacy students have made positive contributions for the benefit of the patient. However, very little has been documented regarding the impact these future healthcare professionals are making while on clinical rotations. The objective of this study was to assess the impact that clinical interventions made by 6th year pharmacy students had on overall patient outcome. Using a special program for a personal digital assistant (PDA), the students daily recorded the pharmacotherapeutic interventions they made. The interventions ranged from dosage adjustments to providing drug information. Data was collected over a 12-week period from various hospitals and clinics in the Jacksonville, Florida area. In total, there were 89 pharmaceutical interventions performed and recorded by the students. Fifty interventions involved drug modification and fifty-four interventions were in regards to drug information and consulting. Of the drug information and consulting interventions, 15 were drug modification. This study shows the impact pharmacy students make in identifying, recommending, and documenting clinical pharmacotherapeutic interventions. Similar to pharmacists, pharmacy students can also have a positive contribution towards patient care.

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          Durante las rondas de atención a pacientes con el equipo médico, los estudiantes de farmacia realizan contribuciones positivas en beneficio del paciente. Sin embargo, se ha documentado muy poco en relación al impacto de estos futuros profesionales de la salud en las rotaciones clínicas. El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar el impacto que las intervenciones clínicas hechas por estudiantes de sexto año tenían sobre los resultados generales del paciente. Utilizando un programa especial para PDA, los estudiantes registraban diariamente las intervenciones farmacoterapéuticas que hacían. Las intervenciones iban desde ajustes de dosis a provisión de información de medicamentos. Los datos se recogieron durante 12 meses de varios hospitales y clínicas en el área de Jacksonville, Florida. En total, hubo 89 intervenciones farmacéuticas realizadas y registradas por los estudiantes. Cincuenta intervenciones involucraban modificación de medicamento y 54 intervenciones estaban relacionadas con la información de medicamentos y consultas. De estas informaciones de medicamentos y consultas, 15 fueron modificaciones de medicamentos. Este estudio muestra el impacto de los estudiantes de farmacia al identificar, recomendar y documentar intervenciones clínicas farmacoterapéuticas. Al igual que los farmacéuticos, los estudiantes de farmacia pueden tener una contribución positiva en la atención al paciente.

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                Affiliations
                [1 ] Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University USA
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                Role: ND
                Role: ND
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                Journal
                pharmacy
                Pharmacy Practice (Granada)
                Pharmacy Pract (Granada)
                Centro de Investigaciones y Publicaciones Farmacéuticas
                1885-642X
                June 2007
                : 5
                : 2
                : 95-98
                S1885-642X2007000200008

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 International License.

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