Improving Patient Communication in Pharmacy

Communication is a vital part of any patient-provider relationship. Not unlike doctors and nurses, pharmacists also need to be able to effectively communicate with their patients. Patient Communication for Pharmacy: A Case-Study Approach on Theory and Practice is a practical guide that develops readers’ understanding of the unique communication dynamics between pharmacists and patients and assists them in strengthening the communication skills necessary for providing optimal patient outcomes.

Focusing on skills acquisition and an integration of communication and behavioral change theories, this valuable resource addresses issues relevant to pharmacist-patient communication and relationship building including: health literacy, culturally competent care, patient compliance, conflict/emotionally charged conversations, and more. Continue reading

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Pharmacy Technician Education

Pharmacy Technician Stakeholder Consensus Conference LogoIn today’s health care environment, more and more is being asked of the pharmacy technician. As such, standards and qualifications for entry-level practice have come into question. In an effort to reach a consensus on these standards, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) brought together professionals and educators for the Pharmacy Technician Stakeholder Consensus Conference in February. Recognizing the need for consistent, quality standards of practice, these leaders came together to make their recommendations to PTCB. Continue reading

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Now What? A Health Policy Expert’s Analysis on the Demise of the AHCA

By Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD
Co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 3rd Edition

After a flurry of behind-the-scenes arm-twisting by President Trump and negotiations with members of their own party, the Republican leadership tabled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 24th because they did not have the votes to pass the bill.  Instead of being a bill that had a little bit for everyone, AHCA ended up as a bill that did not have enough for anyone.  It was too moderate for conservatives, too conservative for moderates, and managed to alienate powerful stakeholders ranging from conservative think tanks to providers to the elderly.  So, what did we learn and what happens next?

First, Republicans will not be able to win votes only by relying on party loyalty or helping Trump be a successful president.  Speaker Ryan and President Trump appeared to bank on his members feeling so compelled to pass something to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that they would pass anything even if they did not like the bill. In the end, policy mattered. Whether it was ideological opposition to refundable tax credits by conservatives or concern about millions losing health insurance by the moderates, the details of bill were important to members.  This is not surprising given the unpopularity of the bill. A majority of those polled opposed major components of the Republican plan such as including allowing insurers to charge older individuals higher premiums (80% opposed), adding surcharges for lapsed coverage (70% opposed), reducing Medicaid funding (64% opposed), and denying funding to Planned Parenthood (56% opposed).  More respondents opposed eliminating the individual mandate than keeping it (48% to 35%) and replacing income-based subsidies with age-based subsidies (48% to 16%).[1]  Overall, 56% of the public opposed the AHCA and only 17% favored the bill.[2]

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Lots of Focus on the ACA, Meanwhile MACRA Is Here to Stay

While the recent headlines are focused on the potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), another health care law is moving forward, unobstructed. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was passed in 2015 with full support from both sides of the congressional aisle.

MACRA is a separate but complementary law to the ACA, according to Kristina M. Young, MS (SUNY Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions) and Philip J. Kroth, MD, MS (University of New Mexico School of Medicine). Young and Kroth are the authors of the new 9th edition of Sultz & Young’s Health Care USA.

Ms. Young and Dr. Kroth explore the key features and major accomplishments of this important law in a one-hour webinar recorded on March 30th. Continue reading

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A Unique Perspective on Aging

Available June 2017:

Aging Wisely… Wisdom of our Elders

By Irving Silverman & Ellen Beth Siegel

At a time when many people are living longer, more creatively and functionally, historic notions of what it’s like to grow old are changing. Aging Wisely… Wisdom of our Elders is a unique resource that reflects the ideas, opinions and experiences of a diverse group of senior citizens. Each story provides a unique perspective on the physical, emotional, and social aspects of growing old from those who have made the journey. Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Adopt Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Exam, 2e

10 Reasons to Adopt

Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview and Tests & Measures, Second Edition  by Stacie J. Fruth, PT, DHSc, OCS provides physical therapy students and clinicians with the necessary tools to determine what questions to ask and what tests and measures to perform during a patient exam.  Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Fundamentals of Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist, Second Edition

Coming September 2017

Fundamentals of Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist

Deborah R. Welling, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Carol A. Ukstins, MS, CCC-A, FAAA

Fundamentals of Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist, Second Edition is specifically written for the speech-language pathologist working with hearing impaired populations. This accessible text incorporates the expertise of audiologists along with the knowledge and experience of speech-language pathologists. Continue reading

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Award Winning Biostatistics Educator Lisa Sullivan Explores the Best Strategies for Getting Students Engaged in Learning

Studies reveal that learners retain only 5% of what they learn from a lecture. That number jumps to 50% when a student is engaged in a group discussion. If the student is teaching someone else, the learning retention rate mushrooms to a whopping 90%. (https://www.psychotactics.com/art-retain-learning/)

In this informative webinar, recorded on March 23, award winning educator and author Lisa Sullivan (Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health) explores these data as well as faculty challenges and how to overcome them in order to make Biostatistics fun and engaging for students.

Students expect a lot from a course, Sullivan explains. They want:

  • Solid knowledge base and real-world applications
  • Clear and organized presentation of material
  • To be stimulated, active and participatory
  • To know why (how does this activity, reading connect to my future career?)
  • Faculty to be enthusiastic, helpful and engaged
  • “Customer service”
  • Face-to-face contact but accept boundaries

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Coming Soon: New Edition of Guide to Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice

Coming August 2017

Guide to Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice, Fourth Edition 

Dianne V. Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAACVPR

This accessible resource teaches the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate medical evidence and apply it to the practice of physical therapy. This valuable reference explains the fundamentals of medical research and how to determine which studies are useful in practice. As the leading evidence-based practice text for physical therapy, this is a comprehensive resource no physical therapist or student should be without.

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Author Bob Friis Reveals His Secrets for Making Epi Fun for Undergrads

In a this webinar recorded on March 24, Bob Friis, author of Epidemiology 101, explores ways to get undergraduate students engaged and interested in learning about epidemiology.

“Epidemiology is often a required prerequisite course for non-majors who are not focused on the subject matter,” Dr. Friis explains, “and Epidemiology students tend to be highly diverse with limited public health experience, limited medical background, and limited quantitative background.”

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