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'Improved doctor-pharmacist collaboration needed': study
Date:3/8/2010

are implies regular monitoring. For the pharmacist, it's a golden opportunity to offer expertise in pharmacotherapy. The healthcare system is suffering from widespread shortages, hence the importance of exploiting the potential of all players."

Essential collaboration:

According to co-author Dr. Eveline Hudon, a clinical professor at the Universit de Montral Faculty of Medicine, Quebec will eventually have no other option than to rely on inter-professional collaboration in order to compensate for the lack of medical personnel. "We knew that collaboration between physicians and nurses was successful, and now we know that the same potential exists for physicians and pharmacists," says Hudon. "Pharmacists are open to taking on new responsibilities."

"While this study focused on patients with a disrupted amount of lipids in their blood," says Dr. Hudon, "pharmacists also have the required knowledge to undertake the pharmaceutical monitoring of other conditions such as hypertension, tobacco addiction, certain forms of dementia such as Alzheimer's and chronic conditions like asthma for which medication is often misused by patients. Other studies could explore these possibilities."

Expertise:

Cardiologist Jacques Genest, of the McGill University Health Centre and author of the Canadian cholesterol guidelines, was a consultant on the study and noted that collaborative care bolstered respect for treatment guidelines. He says pharmacists should play a larger role in healthcare: "Pharmacists can adjust the dosage of anticoagulation medication, for instance, and they have the necessary knowledge to take on more. Doctors simply can't monitor all their patients and other competent players are able to perform certain parts of the job."

The Ordre des pharmaciens du Qubec (Order of Pharmacists of Quebec or OPQ) emphasizes the majority of their members would like to take on more responsibility. "Many avant-garde countries ado
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Contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
sylvain-jacques.desjardins@umontreal.ca
514-343-7593
University of Montreal
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