The role of the hospital pharmacists in their patients' health care is rapidly expanding in various settings due to our expertise, accessibility, and shortage of other health care providers. Currently, some of the hospital pharmacists' roles include prescriber, disease treatment manager, patient safety manager, pharmaceutical care communicator, and educator. Patients' needs may be better understood by hospital pharmacists and therefore better solutions and information can be provided. Good examples of pharmacist-patient relationships may serve as inspiration for colleagues to self-develop services to establish a closer collaboration with patients. In this interactive session successful partnership projects and initiatives will be presented, and methods for involving the patient in your everyday hospital pharmacy practice will be explored. These projects may be considered as leading examples, and success factors can be derived from them. Furthermore, barriers for establishing a functioning collaboration between the hospital pharmacist and the patient will be explored.
After the seminar, participants should be able to: • Recall selected examples of beneficial patient-pharmacist collaboration; • List various factors of success when establishing patient-pharmacist collaborative initiatives; • Address potential barriers as a result of taking over tasks from other health care professionals.
Educational need addressed
To address medicines-related needs of patients is a key issue for hospital pharmacists, but throughout hospitals pharmacists are not yet widely involved in direct patient interactions. Inspiration derived from successful initiatives can help trigger new projects to foster patient-pharmacist collaboration.