Health care professionals' perceptions of a community based ‘virtual ward’ medicines management service: A qualitative study

Cope, Louise, Jack, Barbara and Kirkcaldy, Andrew (2017) Health care professionals' perceptions of a community based ‘virtual ward’ medicines management service: A qualitative study. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 14 (1). pp. 69-75. ISSN 1551-7411 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.02.001

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Abstract

This article describes a qualitative research study using focus groups to explore the views and experiences of a medicines management team (MMT) on the service they deliver within a ‘Virtual Ward’ (VW); and those of the wider multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals on the service provided by MMT. Several themes emerged from the focus groups, including impact on patients and carers, team working and issues and challenges. A dedicated medicines management team was seen as a positive contribution to the VW, which potentially increased the quality of patient care,and appeared to be a positive experience for both the MM and wider multidisciplinary teams.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 16:11
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/8700

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