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Role of the Pharmacist in Management of Patients’ Chronic Pain in the Hospital Setting 

Role of the Pharmacist in Management of Patients’ Chronic Pain in the Hospital Setting
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Role of the Pharmacist in Management of Patients’ Chronic Pain in the Hospital Setting
Author(s):

Glenn R. Rech

and Pamela S. Moore

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0016
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date: 18 October 2019

This chapter suggests that the hospital pharmacist is an essential member of the healthcare team caring for hospitalized patients with chronic pain. Pharmacists are medication therapy management experts with in-depth knowledge of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medications used in the treatment of pain. A patient may experience changes in physiological processes that may dramatically alter the body’s normal processing and response to chronic medications. The pharmacist can assist with medication adjustments required to keep the patient safe and maintain effective pain control throughout the hospital stay. The pharmacist should also participate in education for staff members and patients in setting realistic expectations and goals for pain management. The pharmacist can act as a liaison between the prescriber and the governing bodies of the hospital in the creation of order sets and policies and ensuring compliance with recommendations and standards of safety and regulatory agencies.

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