Are you searching for a way to distinguish your pharmacy practice and offer your patients something truly exceptional? If your aim is to stand out and provide unparalleled value to your community, then keep reading!
Let's start by addressing some familiar scenarios:
If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions and have successfully assisted your patients in any of these scenarios, you're already well on your way! Integrating deprescribing into your professional approach and clearly communicating this service to your patients can set your pharmacy apart significantly. This is what we like to call the “Deprescribing Difference”.
Deprescribing involves the reduction or discontinuation of medications that are no longer beneficial or may be causing harm. Its focus is on optimizing medication regimens to enhance patient outcomes and improve their quality of life. You may have already helped patients with this on some level, so why not dive deeper and call it out as an actual service you provide!
Here’s what offering this service can do for you:
Distinguish Your Pharmacy
By introducing deprescribing services into your pharmacy, you instantly set yourself apart from the crowd. It positions your pharmacy as a center of comprehensive care, offering a unique value proposition that resonates with patients.
Enhance Patient Retention
Patients value pharmacists who go the extra mile to optimize their medication management. This patient-centric approach builds trust and fosters strong patient-pharmacist relationships, leading to increased patient loyalty and retention.
Promote Patient Well-Being
Deprescribing is fundamentally about enhancing the quality of life for your patients. It reduces the risk of adverse effects, eliminates ineffective treatments, and enhances medication adherence. This focus on patient well-being aligns perfectly with the evolving role of pharmacists as integral healthcare partners.
To facilitate your journey into the world of deprescribing, we've partnered with Stacey D'Angelo, founder of Your Simple Health. She has developed a comprehensive course on the MedEssist Education Hub that provides invaluable insights and guidance for incorporating deprescribing into your practice: https://edu.medessist.ca/courses/deprescribing-101.
Here are some key steps she emphasizes:
If you come across cases that are beyond your expertise, don't hesitate to reach out to deprescribing specialists, such as Stacey, who can offer additional support: https://www.simplehealthpharmacist.com/providers
When you're ready to promote your new deprescribing service to your patients, leverage the array of tools available on the MedEssist platform. Customize your own website campaigns, bag stuffers, posters and more, to promote your unique offering of this service.
In summary, deprescribing is about more than just reducing medications; it's about elevating your role as a pharmacist and delivering comprehensive care that truly makes a difference in your patients' lives. Visit our Education Hub to get started!
"Deprescribing is like teenage sex... Everybody talks about it, no one knows how to do it, and everybody thinks everybody else is doing it!"