Unique, practical knowledge for nurses responsible for daily management of patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and related conditions.

Topic: Medici

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

As people get older, their use of medications tends to rise and elderly patients often take a variety of medicines for an increasing number of health problems. Four in five people over the age of 75 years take at least one prescribed medication, while 36% are taking four or more, according to the 1998 Health Survey for England. How can we help our older patients to take their medicines, optimising convenience and minimising risks of non-compliance and sideeffects?

Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Painkillers considered harmless by the general public are associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to recent research.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

People who complain of myalgia caused by statins may be suffering from a genetic problem, according to a recent paper published in the European Heart Journal.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

What is important when a nurse and patient are together in a consultation? Most of us have had consultations where the discussion did not appear to achieve anything, while, on other occasions, both parties seemed to be working well together. This article looks at how to share the process of planning treatment with a patient to improve health outcomes; it examines what concordance is, and how to achieve it, looking at how this might work out in practice.

Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Ten per cent of the annual NHS budget is spent on medication, with about 75% of this is prescribed in primary care. Ensuring that this money really improves patients' health is vitally important. As the population ages, more people require increasing numbers of medications for chronic conditions and a third of elderly patients are taking four drugs or more for a spectrum of conditions. But this creates a major challenge - as research reveals that fewer than half of these patients take their medicines as prescribed. How can this challenge be addressed? This new series will provide simple practical guidance on how to conduct an effective medication review for a spectrum of long-term cardiovascular conditions.

Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Professor Cliff Bailey and Professor Vinod Patel discuss type 2 diabetes and SGLT2 inhibitors in context plus managing glycaemic control and body weight.

Category: Webinars
Wednesday, 06 December 2017
Data analysis of patients’ prescriptions dispensed at a regional chain of community pharmacies found that 40% of patients who are prescribed statins never return for a second prescription.
Category: Have You Heard
Sunday, 12 March 2017
A useful free infographic provides international data on cardiovascular drug adherence. Although the UK lags behind other European countries, it has better adherence rates than the USA, Australia and a number of South American countries.
Category: Have You Heard
Monday, 12 September 2016
The ‘Year of Care’ is a systematic approach to managing long-term conditions, focused on personalised care planning where patients work with the clinician to agree goals, identify support needs, develop and implement action plans, and monitor progress. This article reports the learning from implementing ‘Year of Care’ in primary care practices in Leeds.
Category: Editorial

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