The GP's Role in Ensuring Safe Medication Management
The GP's Role in Ensuring Safe Medication Management
Dr Phattheera Chauvachata (Dr Aye)
Dr Phattheera Chauvachata (Dr Aye)
General Practitioner

Within the multifaceted realm of general practice, prescribing medication stands as a crucial element of our duties, deeply embedded within the essence of patient care. This responsibility, far-reaching in its implications, demands not only a deep understanding of the patient's health but also a steadfast commitment to the principles of safe prescribing. The integration of platforms like HealthDeliver into our practice brings these principles to the forefront, ensuring that every prescription is guided by a commitment to safety, efficacy, and preventive care.

Guided by the principles of safe prescribing, our approach to pharmacotherapy is meticulously structured to ensure the best outcomes for our patients:

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  • Be Clear About the Treatment Objective: Each prescription is written with a clear goal in mind, be it to cure a disease, alleviate symptoms, or prevent future health complications. Understanding the intended outcome is crucial for selecting the most appropriate medication.
  • Understand the Patient's History: A thorough knowledge of the patient's medical history, including past medications, allergies, and existing conditions, is vital. This ensures that the chosen medication is suitable and safe for the individual patient.
  • Choose the Suitable Medication: Selecting the right medication involves considering its efficacy, side effects, interactions with other drugs, and suitability for the patient's lifestyle and preferences.
  • Communicate Effectively: Clear communication with the patient about the reasons for the prescription, how to take the medication, potential side effects, and what to do in case of problems is essential for ensuring adherence and safety.
  • Start Low, Go Slow: Especially with older adults or those with complex health issues, the principle of starting with the lowest effective dose and adjusting as needed helps minimize the risk of adverse effects.
  • Monitor and Review: Regularly reviewing the patient's response to the medication, including efficacy and side effects, is crucial. This ongoing monitoring allows for timely adjustments or discontinuation if necessary.
  • Ensure Documentation: Accurate and detailed documentation of all prescriptions, patient discussions, and follow-up plans is essential for continuity of care and safety.

HealthDeliver GPs embody these principles, leveraging the platform to enhance the accessibility and personalization of care. By conducting thorough assessments, even remotely, and ensuring that prescribed treatments are in line with these guidelines, we provide a level of care that is not only responsive but also deeply preventive. It's a testament to our dedication to not just treating illness but also preventing future health issues, guiding our patients towards optimal health with every prescription we write.

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