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PHCY542 Medicines Management

The clinical application of medicines information to facilitate the provision of timely, accurate and relevant advice on medicines management for an individual. A problem-solving approach, with emphasis on case specific examples, is adopted.

This paper focuses on foundational skills for medicine optimisation. Medicines optimisation concerns the individualisation of drug treatments to meet the needs of patients. The goal is to ensure the safe, rational and effective use of medicines. This requires the pharmacist to identify and prioritise clinical problems and to use sound clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in daily practice. Competent medicine optimisation also requires that pharmacists balance the goals of medical therapy with the patient's personal health goals, the evidence-base pertaining to treatment options, and the risk of adverse drug effects.

PHCY 542 will provide pharmacists with an introduction to the foundational skills and knowledge required for advanced pharmacy practice. It is intended as a primer for the Applied/Core Clinical pharmacy papers (PHCY 522, 523 and 525) and the Advanced Clinical Pharmacy paper (PHCY 512).

Paper title Medicines Management
Paper code PHCY542
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester (1 July 2018 - 10 November 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,490.00

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Pre or Corequisite
PHCX 541 or PHCY 541
PHCX 542
Limited to
PGCertPharm, PGDipClinPharm
Teaching Arrangements
One compulsory 2-day weekend workshop (July) and five 2-hour videoconferences.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of fundamental topics in clinical pharmacy
  2. Identify, prioritise and address clinical problems
  3. Develop an independent, and reflective, approach to clinical decision making and clinical reasoning
  4. Demonstrate effective communication with patients and health-care colleagues, both orally and in writing
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Dan Wright
Contracted Consultant Pharmacist: Dr Linda Bryant
Professional Practice Fellow: Mr Dave Woods
Paper Structure
The paper consists of three modules, introduced sequentially over the course of the semester.

Module 1 - Foundational topics in clinical pharmacy: Laboratory investigations, drug interactions, adverse drug effects, monitoring, special populations

Module 2 - Clinical problem solving: Identification and prioritisation

Module 3 - Clinical reasoning and decision making

The module topics will be introduced at the first workshop. The first module will introduce the key concepts and knowledge that underpin medicines management. The subsequent modules focus on the application of this knowledge to the clinical setting, with a particular emphasis on clinical problem-solving and reasoning skills. The paper will make extensive use of an online discussion board, where tutors and students will interact and discuss problem-based and case-based medicines management problems. The videoconferences act as tutorials and provide an opportunity for in-person discussion and collaborative brainstorming around the discussion board topics.

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Second Semester (1 July 2018 - 10 November 2018)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system