Pharmacist prescribing in warfarin therapy: Exploring clinical utility in the hospital setting

Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
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Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 2008, 38 (1), pp. 35 - 39
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Background: Managing warfarin therapy can be challenging and a multidisciplinary approach to achieve optimal outcomes can be beneficial. Internationally, extended roles for pharmacists have involved collaborative prescribing privileges. Aim: To explore the clinical utility and capacity of pharmacists to undertake prescribing functions in anticoagulation management in the hospital setting. Methods: Pharmacists were recruited from a large Sydney teaching hospital. A questionnaire was used to simulate a pharmacist prescribing function and to explore their opinion of the usefulness of prescribing and their confidence to undertake such roles. The appropriateness of pharmacists prescribing decisions was evaluated.
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