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Top Ten Things Every Clinician Should Know About Infographics

An infographic is an “informational graphic” that integrates design with data in order to visually communicate information in a clear, concise, and comprehensive manner. The use of these visual tactics can be powerful tools to enhance engagement, increase comprehension, and long-term retention of information.  Our guests explain how to create a successful infographic that can amplify the key educational messages to your targeted audience.  Be sure to download the Infographic about creating Infographics on the iForumRx website!

Guest Authors:  Ashley Barlow, PharmD and Brooke Barlow, PharmD

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Is Home Blood Pressure Monitoring a “Home Run” for Blood Pressure Management?

Nearly 67 million people, which equates to 3 out of every 4 people, living with high blood pressure in the US remain uncontrolled, despite the clear and compelling benefits of achieving good control. Remote monitoring and self-management of BP may enable us to broadly achieve optimal BP control in most patients. Increased use of telehealth technology improves access to care, but the effects on the cost and quality of care, particularly in the context of hypertension management, have not been clearly established.

Guest Authors: Mary Taylor, PharmD and Megan Supple, PharmD, BCACP, CPP

Guest Panelist:  Joseph Saseen, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CLS

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Increasing the Patient-Clinician Connection: the “Presence 5 Practices”

Amidst scientific and technological advancements and an increasing focus on administrative tasks and metrics, meaningful connections with patients are falling by the wayside. Mindlessly using technology can be distracting and lower patient perceptions of their quality of care. How can the busy practitioner increase “presence” with patients while still meeting clinical and administrative demands?

Guest Authors: Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP and Nick Schulte, PharmD, BCPS

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Closing the Loop for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGM) have changed the standard of care for managing Type 1 Diabetes. A closed-loop system (also described as an artificial pancreas or automated insulin delivery system) consists of a CGM, an insulin pump, and a control algorithm that automatically calculates basal insulin delivery based on real-time glucose levels. Closed-loop insulin pumps may offer an opportunity to improve glycemic management while reducing some of the associated stress. However, there are limited data evaluating the safety and efficacy of this technology in children less than 14 years old.

Guest Authors:  Mary K Culp, PharmD and Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES

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Using shared decision-making tools: Are they worth it?

There’s no denying that shared decision making (SDM) is an effective communication approach for making patient-centered medical decisions across a variety of health conditions. However, while tools for SDM are often useful during patient visits with practitioners, studies have yielded mixed results with regard to patient outcomes.  A new study explores the impact of a SDM tool for anticoagulation selection in patients with atrial fibrillation compared to standard care.

Guest Authors:  Ashley Meredith, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, CDCES and Chandler Howell, PharmD

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Powerful Placebos and Notorious Nocebos: Implications for Ambulatory Care

Imagine you have recommended statin therapy to a patient with diabetes. A few weeks later, the patient experiences leg pain and stops it. Was this patient’s leg pain caused by the statin? Or was it a nocebo effect? Muscle symptoms in placebo-controlled trials of statin therapy range from 3-5%, while rates in real-world observational studies are between 15-20%. Ambulatory care pharmacists have an important role in recognizing and managing placebo and nocebo effects. Understanding the placebo effect allows clinicians to harness the power of placebos. Reframing risks during patient education may decrease nocebo effects.

Guest Authors:  Sara Wettergreen, PharmD, BCACP and Joseph Nardolillo, PharmD

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A CLEAN Sweep: Getting Rid of the Medication Cost Barrier

Medication adherence plays a very significant role in achieving positive patient health outcomes and when medication regimens are not followed, patients often fail to reach optimal disease control. This is especially concerning in ambulatory care settings where chronic disease states are most often treated. One of the potential barriers to optimal medication use is cost.

Guest Authors:  Emily Eddy, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM; Brittany Long, PharmD, BCACP; and Lindsey Petters, PharmD, BCPS

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Don’t Let Numbers Fool You: Levothyroxine Isn’t a Cure-all

Patients with subclinical hypothyroidism often complain of symptoms commonly seen in patients with overt hypothyroidism: cold insensitivity, dry skin, fatigue, constipation, muscle cramps, poor memory, slowed thinking, and depression. Indeed, up to a quarter of people with normal TSH levels report up to two of these symptoms, pointing to the non-specific nature of these symptoms. How then should a clinician decide which patients might benefit from thyroid replacement therapy?

Guest Authors:  Mallory Kuchis, PharmD and Michael P. Kane, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

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A Cause for a PAUSE: Evaluating a Standardized Perioperative DOAC Management Protocol

One in six patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), or an estimated six million patients worldwide, will require perioperative anticoagulant management this year.  Ambulatory care pharmacists commonly face the scenario where a patient taking a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) for AF requires an elective surgery or procedure. Best practices for periprocedural management of DOACs are unclear and current guidelines differ in their recommended approaches. Having a simple, systematic periprocedural DOAC management protocol would be helpful. But would a straightforward protocol that is easily understood by clinicians and patients be safe and effective? The PAUSE study investigators attempt to establish the standard of care.

Guest Authors:  Maggie Faraj, PharmD and Candice Garwood, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

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Under Pressure: Does Directly Observing Medication Administration Lower Blood Pressure?

Treatment-resistant hypertension, the need for 4 or more medications to achieve goal blood pressure (BP), occurs in nearly 1 in 5 patients.1 But is it truly treatment-resistant? Nonadherence is often regarded as the primary cause in many patients.  But how can we distinguish between other causes of hypertension that should prompt additional diagnostic testing or treatment intensification? A recent study suggests there is a simple solution: watch them take their pills.

Guest Authors: Meagan Brown, PharmD, BCACP and Raven Jackson, PharmD

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