Hospital pharmacies across the UK could contribute to better patient care if their role was expanded, according to a leading health expert at Vlerick Business School.
Professor Brecht Cardoen outlines an ideal scenario in his white paper explaining why new responsibilities for this function of care are crucial.
He says: "Hospital pharmacies are looking to move from being a logistics provider to delivering services such as educating the patient on the medication they take, consulting with the medical staff on course of treatment, follow-up on patients etc.
If hospital pharmacies expanded their contributions, this would positively impact on patient care. Patients could be monitored more closely, negative reactions to drugs could be tackled quicker and more effectively and any change of medication could be done in a more efficient way."
However, the report states that this is not a challenge-free process and before reaching their final goal, hospital pharmacies have to face a number of challenges of which funding, legislation, safety and technology are a few.
Prof. Cardoen explains: "Looking at pharmacology at it is today, there are a lot of problems to solve – this could be the reason why the benefits of extending the role of the hospital pharmacy cannot be fully understood. Hospital pharmacies would like to contribute to a better treatment rather than just provide medicine to patients. It is crucial that all the stakeholders realise how important the hospital pharmacy is and what a great role it can play in patient care, especially with the ageing population and increasing patient demands from their caretakers."
For more information or to speak to Prof. Cardoen please contact Alexandra Dobocan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1582 790 709
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