Cannabis use common among patients, with most using it to manage a symptom or health condition

Written by | 7 Jun 2024

One in six patients in primary care reported cannabis use, with 35% of those using at levels indicating moderate- to high-risk for cannabis use disorder, new UCLA research […]

The wall of evidence for continuity of care

Written by | 31 May 2024

Background: A long-term relationship between a patient and their doctor, known as continuity of care, has seen a decline in recent decades in both the UK and the U.S. […]

Pharmacists prove effective, less costly care option for minor illnesses

Written by | 29 May 2024

Greater use of pharmacists to treat minor illnesses could potentially save millions of dollars in health care costs, according to new research led by Washington State University. The […]

Adding obesity experts to primary care clinics improves patients’ weight loss outcomes

Written by | 24 May 2024

Giving high-risk patients access to an obesity specialist through their regular primary care clinic increased their chances of receiving at least one evidence-based weight-management treatment, and led to […]

OHSU study finds big jump in addiction treatment at community health clinics

Written by | 1 May 2024

The number of health care professionals able to write a prescription for a key medication to treat addiction quadrupled at community health clinics from 2016 to 2021, according […]

Emergency contraception related ER visits dropped significantly over 14 year period

Written by | 9 Apr 2024

Following federal approval for over the counter emergency contraception in 2006, emergency departments across the U.S. saw dramatic decreases in related visits and medical charges, a new study […]

People with depression see no immediate change from common GP assessment, study shows

Written by | 30 Mar 2024

A commonly used questionnaire adopted by GPs to monitor the treatment of depression does not provide any immediate benefits to patients, a new study has found. Primary care […]

Primary care telemedicine linked with fewer antibiotics for children than direct-to-consumer telemedicine

Written by | 25 Mar 2024

New research from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC shows that telemedicine visits conducted for children with primary care providers (PCPs) are associated with fewer antibiotic prescriptions than telemedicine visits with virtual-only […]

Pharmacy First – Early experiences

Written by | 22 Mar 2024

Reena Barai is a community pharmacist and owner of the family business, SG Barai Pharmacy in Sutton in Surrey. In this series of short videos, she describes how […]

Pharmacy First – where is it going next?

Written by | 21 Mar 2024

On the whole the implementation of Pharmacy First has been a positive experience with lots of support from local GPs, says community pharmacist Reena Barai, However, community pharmacy […]

Practicalities – what worked well in Pharmacy First?

Written by | 20 Mar 2024

The preparation for Pharmacy First Services was intense and so far, the systems put in place and the relationships nurtured have served the pharmacy well, community pharmacist Reena […]

What is the Pharmacy First Scheme and how can pharmacies get started?

Written by | 19 Mar 2024

Reena Barai is a community pharmacist and owner of the family business, SG Barai Pharmacy in Sutton in Surrey. This year she and her pharmacy team have been […]

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