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Donnish Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

June 2016 Vol. 3(3), pp. 011-014

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Original Research Article


The Role of the Clinical Pharmacist in Multidisciplinary Heart Failure Clinic at Tertiary Care Hospital


Reem Bahmaid*, Maya Mroueh, Fahad Al-Otaibi, Nahid El-Bakri and Abdulfattah Alasfar

King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Corresponding Author's Email: rbahmaid@kfmc.med.sa

Accepted 26th May, 2016.



Abstract


Background: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a common cardiovascular disease with high morbidity and mortality. The prevalence of CHF is about 1% to 2% of the general population in the Western countries. It is predominant in the elderly population. One out of 10 people of 85 years of age or over suffers from CHF. A multidisciplinary programme was developed to improve the CHF management. The programme involved heart failure consultant, clinical pharmacist, nurse clinician and dietician. The therapeutics outcomes in heart failure (HF) can be improved by a multidisciplinary team. Clinical pharmacists provide valuable information for the patients and for the HF management team. Objective: To describe the clinical pharmacist interventions in heart failure clinic. Methods: A descriptive study, conducted from November 2010 to December 2011 in the heart failure clinic, at the King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), Riyadh, KSA. All the clinical pharmacist interventions that have been done for the patients as HF management were documented. Results: A total number of 337 patients with HF were presented in the HF clinic. 211 out of the total HF patients were seen by clinical pharmacists. The number of interventions done by the pharmacists was 419 in total. The clinical pharmacist interventions involved 68 of adding drug, 76 of dose adjustment and 52 discontinuing drug. Moreover, the clinical pharmacist provided 211 counseling sessions for drugs, smoking cessation and diet. Conclusions: Clinical pharmacists play a vital role in heart failure clinics. The role ranges from patient education and support as well as the involvement in patient treatment plan.

Keywords: Clinical Pharmacist, Heart Failure Clinic, Tertiary Care Hospital, Saudi Arabia.

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Reem Bahmaid, Maya Mroueh, Fahad Al-Otaibi, Nahid El-Bakri and Abdulfattah Alasfar. The Role of the Clinical Pharmacist in Multidisciplinary Heart Failure Clinic at Tertiary Care Hospital. Donnish Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 3(3) 2016 pp. 011-014.


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