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Communication in oncology pharmacy: The challenge of treatment adherence 

Communication in oncology pharmacy: The challenge of treatment adherence

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Communication in oncology pharmacy: The challenge of treatment adherence
Author(s):

Bethan Tranter

and Simon Noble

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198736134.003.0051
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date: 20 July 2017

Pharmacists are considered to have a pivotal role in the provision of information in oncology, and in hospice and palliative care. Effective communication is essential for optimal drug safety, timely treatment, medication compliance, and education. The role of the pharmacist has expanded to offer enhanced pharmaceutical care, which serves to improve the communication between healthcare providers and the function of the multidisciplinary team. Furthermore, through optimal communication with patients there will be increased treatment adherence and improved overall care. This chapter focuses on the breadth of communication issues faced by pharmacists involved in cancer care through the full length of the cancer journey, be it curative or palliative.

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