In order to optimise drug therapy in inpatients, it is important to develop a systematic and integrated approach to the management of medications from the time of admission, during the hospital stay and at discharge. Pharmacists, performing medication reviews in a multi-professional team, must be able to prioritise which drug related problems (DRPs) to focus on to ensure that patient harm is avoided and treatment goals reached.
The clinical relevance of the interventions initiated by pharmacists has been investigated previously using different tools for assessment. For example, Hatoum et al. used a ranking system that focused on the value of the service by assessing the potential impact of pharmacists' recommendations.
In this workshop, several real patient cases will be presented; each together with one isolated DRP and recommendation for solution. The recommendations have all been assessed previously by experts using a validated tool for the classification of importance. The participants will assess the importance individually (using a voting system) and the results will be compared to the experts' opinion and discussed in plenum.
Keywords: assessing clinical significance, pharmacists' recommendations, drug related problems