The Role of a Clinical Pharmacist Within Family Medicine

Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc, (P.T.), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses the role of a clinical pharmacist within family medicine.

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Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc, (P.T.), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses the role of a clinical pharmacist within family medicine.
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Featuring Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc, (P.T.), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Doctor

Duration: 1 minute, 53 seconds

The challenge in family practice is that we have an ever-growing number of patients, patients with chronic diseases, and very complicated patients.

Having a valued team member, such as a clinical pharmacist, and working directly with a clinical pharmacist, can enhance a patient’s care and outcomes through education.

My role as a family doctor is to provide my feedback from the medical point of view, but having the feedback of a clinical pharmacist can give me new ideas, new insights as to the issues facing patients, such as medication non-adherence, a lack of understanding of medications, drug interactions, problems with complicated drug regimens, and they can provide that feedback right away so that I can make a change with that patient.

Finally, I find that working with a clinical pharmacist really enhances the ability to reach out and connect with that patient, encouraging them to do the right thing. Having two opinions is often better than one.

In particular, when faced with a patient with chronic diseases, the challenge is time, medication, and the complicated medical routine and regimens. Having a clinical pharmacist can address the issue of time by having the pharmacist work one on one with the patient.

That will enhance the education, and finally, having the opinion about the complicated medical regimens can give me insight into some new ideas, adjustment, or new medications that could possibly help their chronic diseases.

In particular, diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain, are all chronic lifelong conditions that we often need two opinions, three opinions, or a team-based approach to enhance patient care.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Ngui, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

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