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Therapeutic patient education: time for pharmacists
  1. Renzo Marcolongo1,
  2. Anne-Marie Ané2
  1. 1Senior Staff Physician, Department of Medicine, University Hospital, Padua, Italy
  2. 2Head Nurse, Nursing Direction, University Hospital La Pitié Salpêtrière - Charles Foix, Paris, France
  1. Correspondence to Renzo Marcolongo, Dipartimento di Medicina, Azienda Ospedaliera-Università, via N. Giustiniani, 2, 35128, Padova, Italy; renzo.marcolongo{at}


Healthcare personnel can provide patients with adequate skills to self-manage disease and treatment in everyday life by therapeutic patient education (TPE). TPE is an inter-professional and inter-disciplinary domain shared by different professionals. In this context pharmacists can also give their contribution by teaching patients the appropriate use of prescribed medications and the management of related clinical risks. To better accomplish this delicate task, pharmacists need specific pedagogical training. In this context, the pharmacist can be a precious therapeutic resource to patients by playing a key role in helping them to cope safely with disease and treatment.

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