Background In any general hospital, the number of elderly patients admitted in wards other than geriatric wards is steadily rising. The ‘Centre Hospitalier du Bois de l’Abbaye et de Hesbaye’ gets the benefit from a mobile second-line multidisciplinary team whose mission is to contribute to provide medical specialists and their staff with general geriatric principles and multidisciplinary expertise. The inclusion of a clinical pharmacist in this multidisciplinary team is an effective way to optimise the quality and the efficacy of elderly patient health care.
Purpose To evaluate the impact of including a clinical pharmacist within the mobile multidisciplinary geriatric team on the efficacy of pharmaceutical care.
Materials and Methods Two different working methods of the clinical pharmacist were compared in order to evaluate her inclusion in the geriatric team.
The first method, used from 1 July to 31 December 2011, evaluated the treatments and the interventions provided by the clinical pharmacist.
The second method, used from 1 January to 30 June 2012, was identical to the first one except that the interventions provided by the clinical pharmacist were taking into account the observations made by the multidisciplinary team.
Results From 1 July to 31 December 2011, 187 interventions were made for a total of 78 elderly patients. From 1 January to 31 May 2012, 202 interventions were made for a total of 75 elderly patients.
Following the inclusion of the clinical pharmacist within the multidisciplinary team we observed an improvement in the efficacy of pharmaceutical care with an increase of 12% in the number of interventions.
Conclusions The inclusion of a pharmacist within the mobile multidisciplinary geriatric team enables him/her to make better use of his/her expertise and to improve his/her analysis, improving patient health care.
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