Introduction to the Patient Care Process
The patient care process is a framework for pharmacists to provide patient-centered care. The main elements of the patient care process are assessment, development of a care plan, and follow-up. Assessment of the patient (including a complete history and understanding of why they are seeking care) and assessment of current medications are vital to ensure appropriate care is being provided to the patient. A complete care plan includes all drug-related problems, along with goals and recommendations to resolve the drug-related problems, after an appropriate consideration of alternatives. Finally, appropriate monitoring and follow-up helps to ensure goals are being met and that safety is being monitored. This framework is consistent for both a complete pharmacist assessment of a patient and for targeted assessment that may be specific to a medical condition. Patient care is then documented to ensure that it is communicated to all other members of the healthcare team.
KeywordsPatient care Care plan Monitoring Documentation Patient care process Pharmacists
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