The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) has released a position statement regarding the role of the hospital pharmacist in interdisciplinary teams. The SHPA believes that pharmacists should be part of collaborative and interdisciplinary team to provide the right service which is delivered at the right time, in the right location, by the right practitioner, to the right patient.
Pharmacists work alongside medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals in a range of settings to optimise health care. Pharmacists may provide services themselves, liaise with other health settings, and be part of the referral team for medication management reviews.
Team-based pharmacists may provide a range of services, for example:
- Identify and address medication-related problems
- Conduct medication reconciliation
- Conduct medication management reviews
- Develop and document medication management plans
- Provide education to individual patients and patient groups as well as to other members of the healthcare team.
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