Patient medication counseling in chronic diseases - pharmacists role

B. Jimmy, J. Jose, P.G.M. Rao

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This narrative review aims to appraise the significance of pharmacist's role in counseling patients on long-term medication for chronic illness. A thorough search of literature was carried out and critically evaluated to identify the complexities of drug therapy in chronically ill patients and the approaches that a pharmacist can adopt in improving the rate of medication adherence to improve health outcome in this group of patients. Management of patients with chronic illness, unlike acute illness, demand fundamentally different approaches to ensure medication adherence. Pharmacists are logical health care professionals to address the problems of non-adherence because of their unique training and accessibility. Pharmacist should encourage the patients to take an active role in planning, implementing and monitoring their treatment. Pharmacist provided patient medication counseling is enormously essential for effective therapy in patients with chronic illness. Chronically ill patients have various reasons for not adhering with their medication regimen. Pharmacist during their interactions with chronically ill patients has to consider the unique factors which influence the degree of medication adherence in them and has to employ approaches which will address the same and result in successful management of chronic disease. Pharmacists have an active role to play in improving the rate of adherence in this group of patients and they can effectively contribute along with the other members of the health care team to improve patient outcomes in patients on long term therapy. © APTI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-309
Number of pages9
JournalIndian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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