The role of the pharmacist in cardiovascular diseases therapy
Uloga farmaceuta u terapiji kardiovaskularnih bolesti
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Sweeping changes continue to reshape the practice of pharmacy. The pharmacy professional needed today is a knowledgeable drug expert and skilled, persuasive communicator. Such pharmacist embraces a practice model-pharmacy care. Pharmacists play a major role in reducing the risk of vascular events via various interventions: promotion of health, prevention of disease, patient counseling for pharmacological and/or non-pharmacological treatment, support of adherence... Adherence to cardiovascular therapy is essential to optimal therapeutic outcomes. The common factors affecting adherence to cardiovascular therapy are: complexity of regimens, polypharmacy, frequent dosing times of some medicines, non-apparent effects on discontinuing medication, declined capability with increased age and patients health beliefs. The pivotal role of the pharmacist in optimizing adherence to cardiovascular therapy encompasses many actions: assessing the adherence problem, identifying predisposing factors, pro...viding comprehensive counseling, and recommending specific adherence strategies targeted to the patient ,s needs.
Keywords:Pharmacist / cardiovascular diseases / pharmaceutical care / adherence / farmaceut / kardiovaskularne bolesti / farmaceutska zaštita / komplijansa
Source:Arhiv za farmaciju, 2003, 53, 5, 281-287
- Savez farmaceutskih udruženja Srbije, Beograd