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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : May 2008
education Clini C al pra C ti C e the medicines management pathway Karen O’Leary, B Pharm, Projects Manager, The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia An understAnding of medicAtion pAthwAy, And the humAn fActors AssociAted with eAch step, helps ensure the sAfe, effective And efficient use of medicines. t his article is the first in a new series of continuing education presented by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists (SHPA) for readers of the AJP. In future issues, three key pharmacist activities will be explored: taking an accurate medication history; undertaking an assessment of medication management; and medication reconciliation. This will provide a shared understanding of services aJPcPd ContinuinG professional development on which to base future clinical articles and case studies. The medicines management pathway1 concept is very useful in hospital practice to explain the various roles in which pharmacists have direct input. The pathway describes both the cognitive and the physical steps involved in the use of medicines. The central focus is the consumer and most steps have direct consumer involvement. As well as being useful in Learning obJectives 1. understand the concept of the medicines management pathway. 2. understand how the components of the pathway help to achieve continuity in medication management. 3. understand pharmacist roles in the medicine management pathway. Pharmacist competency units addressed include: • Competency Unit 8.4 Work in partnership with others • Competency Unit 8.6.1 address service quality • Competency Unit 8.6.4 Facilitate service delivery the australian journal of pharmaCy vol.89 may 2008 82