Medicines related dysphagia in primary care: The prevalence of and impact on community pharmacists

King, Laura, Perry, Nadine, Serrano Santos, Jose Manuel, & Wright, David (2013) Medicines related dysphagia in primary care: The prevalence of and impact on community pharmacists. In Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Annual Conference, 8-9 September 2013, Birmingham, UK.

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Dysphagia is a common and problematic symptom characterised by varying degrees of difficulty swallowing food, fluids and medicines of differing consistencies. International primary care based studies have identified that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 patients have some form of dysphagia, it can affect medicines taking behaviour and healthcare professionals are largely unaware of this1,2. Similar research has not been undertaken in the UK. Adherence related pharmacy based services in the UK provide an opportunity for community pharmacists to identify the problem and facilitate better medicines use. The aim of this pilot study was to estimate the level of patient reported dysphagia in older persons using community pharmacies in the UK, describe how it affects their medicine taking behaviour and identify whether advanced pharmacy services are related to improved awareness of this.

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ID Code: 84609
Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Special Issue: Abstracts of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Annual Conference 2013, 8-9 September 2013, Birmingham, UK, Volume 21, Issue Supplement S2, pages 4–9, September 2013
Keywords: dysphagia, medication, nursing, swallowing difficulties, pharmacy
DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12063
ISSN: 2042-7174
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 23:03
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 23:16

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