Patient Counseling : An Interaction Between A Pharmacist And A Patient

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Patient counseling may be defined as an interaction between a pharmacist and a patient. It is a one to one interactive session, which should include the teach-back method, which is a way to ensure patient understanding. Patient counseling is a very fundamental course, especially for a pharmacy student. As a healthcare professional, counseling patients is very essential in order for patients to adequately take their medications properly, reduce adverse side effects and prevent drug interactions. In the course of the semester, I was required to complete weekly assignments, I had two mock counseling sessions, I also had to do a medication raid cabinet assignment, and I was placed in a group to also complete certain assignments. The weekly assignments that I completed gave me a lot of insight on medication knowledge that will be of great help to me as a pharmacist by being very knowledgeable and be able to adequately help my patients and provide them with the best care possible. When a patient comes into the pharmacy and ask a question, the pharmacist should be able to provide accurate information to the patient on a daily basis. The disease state that was focused in the patient counseling class includes hypertension, hypothyroidism, hyperlipidemia, dementia, alzheimers, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nausea, vomiting, migraines, infectious diseases, and pain. In addition, medications for birth control, estrogen replacement therapy, and smoking cessation was also covered and the proper way for patients to use devices for their asthma or COPD as well as the proper way to dispose expired medications. My paper will focus mainly on the assignments, family and friends assignments, medication cabinet r... ... middle of paper ... ...ounseling session helped me gain my confidence to talk to patients about their medications. In my opinion, the time limit was not enough to be able to adequately counsel the patient because I was given only 5 minutes to counsel the patient on the various things that they will need to know to effectively manage their disease state. Patient counseling may be defined as a one to one interaction between a pharmacist and a patient. It is an interactive session, which should include the teach-back method, which is a way to ensure patient understanding. The class provided me with an opportunity to combine my knowledge obtained in my other classes to be able to counsel a patient effectively and confidently. The course helped me to learn more about medications, proper medication disposal, helped me gained confidence to talk to patients about their medication.

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