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Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 May 27;73(3):52.

Pharmacists' and pharmacy students' ability to identify drug-related problems using TIMER (Tool to Improve Medications in the Elderly via Review).

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Kansas University Medical Center, KS, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Determine the effectiveness of TIMER (Tool to Improve Medications in the Elderly via Review) in helping pharmacists and pharmacy students identify drug-related problems during patient medication reviews.

METHODS:

In a randomized, controlled study design, geriatric patient cases were sent to 136 pharmacists and 108 third-year pharmacy students who were asked to identify drug related-problems (DRPs) with and without using TIMER.

RESULTS:

Pharmacists identified more tool-related DRPs using TIMER (p = 0.027). Pharmacy students identified more tool-related DRPs using TIMER in the first case (p = 0.02), but not in the second.

CONCLUSION:

TIMER increased the number of DRPs identified by practicing pharmacists and pharmacy students during medication reviews of hypothetical patient cases.

KEYWORDS:

community pharmacy; drug-related problems; elderly; medication therapy management

PMID:
19564995
PMCID:
PMC2703287
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