New Study about A collaborative cardiologist-pharmacist Care model to improve hypertension

Original Research published in current Pharmacy Practice Journal shows innovative collaboration is effective!

Brian K. IRONS, Gary MEYERROSE, Sherry LAGUARDIA, Kweku HAZEL, Charles F. SEIFER

 This is the first study to document the effectiveness of a

care model to control hypertension in patients with or at high risk for CAD using more stringent blood pressure goals and comparing that control to usual care within the same clinic setting.

In Summary

Physician led collaborative drug therapy management utilizing  clinical pharmacist’s to aid in the medication management of patients with hypertension has been shown to improve blood pressure control. With recommendations for lower blood pressures in patients with coronary artery disease, a cardiologist-pharmacist collaborative care model may be a novel way to achieve these more rigorous goals of therapy continue read

Is there a reasonably priced doctor in the house?

She had visited the same GP six times since the beginning of the year, either for herself or her two children, paying the same amount for each consultation. She then was in hospital for an operation, of which her GP was aware, and needed the cert to cover a week’s recovery at home.

“I rang the secretary in the practice who told me to come up and collect the cert. There was no mention of money on the phone, so I was pretty shocked to be asked for €50 when I got there,” says Lyons. “When I challenged her, she just shrugged her shoulders and said they weren’t a free service.” click to continue 

Tackling the growing disconnect between doctors and patients

There is a need for more empathy and better communication, agrees patient advocate Stephen McMahon, who says he can identify with some of what Hafford says. As CEO at the Irish Patients Association who has spent 15 years listening to the complaints of patients, he reports that people often feel they’re not being properly heard.

“You hear from patients that they feel they’re going back to the GP with recurring problems. They say the doctor’s not listening to them.”

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On many occasions, McMahon says, he’s advised patients to clearly request that their doctors look at them as if they were seeing them for the first time. This is to encourage doctors to actually listen to what the patient has to say.

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