Pharmaceutical care involves a systematic process which is patient focussed and underpins a robust and professional philosophy of pharmacy practice. As part of this process, the pharmacist needs to co-operate with the patient and other members of the multi-disciplinary team to design, implement and monitor a therapeutic plan. To standardise and aid the hospital pharmacist in conducting the process in an organised way and to ensure maximum use of the pharmacist's skills, a systematic approach has been drawn up. This is a stepwise approach which results in formulation of a pharmaceutical care plan for an individual patient, identifying care issues with associated actions to resolve and prevent the issues. The pharmacist needs to be familiar with sources available such as the patient notes, medication records and the patient or carers, and evidence based guidelines and other sources of information that may be available to the pharmacist. This workshop will provide participants with an overview to the systematic approach and will then focus on different forms of evidence, with emphasis on using the patient and online resources.
After the session, the participant should be able to: • sources of information available and ways of making best use of each information source; • planning and conducting a patient drug history interview; • critically appraise, using standard tools, different resources that may be available; and, • the systematic approach to pharmaceutical care and where data gathering fits in this.
Keywords: sources of information, pharmaceutical care, therapeutic plan