The aim of this service is to improve patient's understanding of, and adherence to, their SSRI medication. Evidence shows that up to 25% of patients with depression do not adhere to their antidepressant regimes, and it is well known that poor adherence is associated with an increased risk of relapse and poorer outcomes.
Pharmacists can help improve adherence by increasing patients' understanding of antidepressants, potential adverse effects and how to manage them, and reiterating the importance of adhering to their treatment.
This service involves a free 'SSRI education session' with their community pharmacist, for all patients who present an initial prescription for a SSRI (fluoxetine, citalopram, paroxetine, escitalopram, sertraline).
The patient education session involves provision of:
Standardised key messages about SSRIs (e.g. when and how best to take them, potential interactions, importance of taking regularly)
Two patient information brochures."Getting the best from your medication" & "Self Help Strategies"
Benefits for the Patient:
Reinforcement and clarification of key messagesA check for medicine interactions
Knowing that a further line of communication is open to assist in the care of their patient
MidCPG reimburses community pharmacists for providing structured and standardised SSRI education for targeted patients initiated on a SSRI in the Midland region.
This service is provided by community pharmacists and is designed to ensure patients initiated on SSRI are receiving a comprehensive and standardised level of information and care.
All pharmacists wishing to provide the SSRI counselling and support service are required to:
These are prerequisites to ensure a standardised counselling service and to ensure those pharmacists providing SSRI Counselling have a current knowledge of the management and treatment of mild to moderate depression, and a comprehensive knowledge of SSRIs and active management strategies.
What does the process involve?
If you have any queries or want to provide this service please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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