What Is a Clinical Pharmacist and What Do They Do?

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Deeper Dive Horizons

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May 14, 2024

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Colorado - Denver Metro

Do you or your loved one take prescribed medications for a chronic condition? Managing pills might become overwhelming. Not only that, but it is also important to ensure that the medications work efficiently to enhance your or your loved one’s well-being. 

This is when the services of a clinical pharmacist become invaluable. A clinical pharmacist specializes in direct patient care, collaborating with healthcare teams to optimize medication therapy. Read on to learn more about how clinical pharmacists can help you.

Assessment and Evaluation

Clinical pharmacists analyze the status of a patient's health conditions and scrutinize the prescribed medications. They identify potential gaps or discrepancies in the treatment, ensuring that medications align with the patient's needs and therapy goals.

Uncovering Untreated Health Issues

Beyond merely dispensing medications, clinical pharmacists uncover untreated health problems that could benefit from appropriate medication therapy. Through their thorough evaluations, they identify areas where intervention can lead to improved patient well-being and quality of life.

Monitoring and Consultation

The journey doesn't end with a prescription. Clinical pharmacists walk alongside patients, monitoring their progress and evaluating the effects of medications on their health. This ongoing assessment allows for timely adjustments and interventions, ensuring that the treatment remains on track. 

Moreover, clinical pharmacists collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers, offering valuable insights and recommendations to optimize medication therapy and contribute to overall care goals.

Patient Education and Support

Empowering patients with knowledge is a cornerstone of the clinical pharmacist's role. They offer guidance on medication administration, helping patients navigate dosages and get a thorough understanding of potential side effects. 

Clinical pharmacists extend their support beyond pills and prescriptions, advocating for holistic approaches to health by promoting practices like exercise, proper diet, and preventive measures such as immunizations.

Integrated Patient Care

Clinical pharmacists collaborate with healthcare teams to develop and implement comprehensive medication plans tailored to individual patient needs.

Personalized Care and Professional Relationships

Clinical pharmacists forge meaningful connections with patients, taking the time to understand their unique concerns, preferences, and aspirations. This human touch infuses their practice with empathy and understanding, fostering trust and collaboration on the journey towards better health.

How We Can Help

At Deeper Dive Horizons, our clinical pharmacists can help you or your loved one through one of the following services:

S.H.I.P Program

Through six one-on-one sessions conducted via phone or zoom, the S.H.I.P. program focuses on four key pillars: safe and effective medication therapy, promotion of healthy lifestyles, overcoming healthcare and lifestyle barriers to independent living, and provision of resources for senior and caregiver well-being.

Deep Dive Medication Review

This program provides a deep dive into medication management for seniors who are on multiple medications and may feel that their current therapy is suboptimal for their chronic conditions. Over two sessions, the program offers tailored medication review plans in collaboration with the patient's primary care physician. Follow-up sessions assess the success of interventions and determine if further comprehensive programs are needed to achieve goal-directed health outcomes.

Sailing Home Program

The Sailing Home Program focuses on ensuring a smooth transition for seniors from hospital to home, reducing the risk of re-hospitalization by reconciling medications, and addressing medication-related issues. This includes evaluating duplicate therapy, drug-drug interactions, drug-disease interactions, appropriate dosing based on patient-specific data, and assessing the complexity of drug regimens in relation to the senior's independence and support systems. 

 

If you or your loved one are looking for a clinical pharmacist, contact us at Deeper Dive Horizons to schedule a consultation 888-984-8895.

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