Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Pharmacy

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION The unit is aimed at developing a comprehensive, holistic approach to patient care and medicines management and will be looking at analysis of care models, review and assessment of pharmacist interventions in patient care in different care settings. Models of evaluating care systems including aspects of Evidence-based pharmacy, pharmacist prescribing, framework of models and documentation necessary are reviewed and discussed. Techniques in patient counselling, patient history taking medicine specific issues, pharamacotherapy, patient advice, support and monitoring are presented and critically analysed. Pharmacist professional obligations towards patients and colleagues are highlighted.

Study-unit Aims:

o To develop future leaders in clinical pharmacy aspects that are qualified to provide sophisticated patient care services and develop new professional services;
o to develop professional competence in the rational, safe use of drugs in the management of acute and chronic disease states;
o to reflect on non-clinical factors influencing prescribing decisions and outcomes in patient management;
o to systematically develop, implement and evaluate case plans which meet individual patients’ needs;
o to integrate policy and management aspects in practice scenarios.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of this study unit, the student will be able to:

o demonstrate a comprehensive detailed understanding of evidence-based therapeutic interventions;
o demonstrate critical understanding of care frameworks an scenarios.

2. Skills
By the end of this study unit, the student will be able to:

o interpret and evaluate patient data (signs, symptoms, haematological and biomedical parameters);
o reflect on available information and prepare a clinical pharmacy management plan;
o recommend prescribing decisions based on evidence in therapeutics and on patients’ need for medicines;
o undertake communications and liaison with other healthcare professionals;
o undertake patient medication reviews to carryout medication checks and patient monitoring;
o demonstrate a reflective approach to professional practice focussing on legal ethical an professional reponsibilities.

Main texts:

o Azzopardi L ed. MCQs in clinical pharmacy 2007. London: Pharmaceutical Press
o Azzopardi L (ed). Lecture notes in pharmacy practice. 2010. London: Pharmaceutical Press
o Dodds L. Drugs in use. Clinical case studies for pharmacists 2003. London: The Pharmaceutical Press. Fourth edition
o Koda-Kimble M.A, Young LY, Kradjan WA. Handbook of Applied Therapeutics. 2006. USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 10%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 90%

LECTURER/S Alison Anastasi
Lilian M. Azzopardi
Marise Gauci
Louise Grech
Anthony Serracino Inglott
Francesca Wirth

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