Tallahassee, Florida (PRWEB) July 12, 2012
LearnSomething, the leading provider of online education for retail pharmacies, announces the release of “Patient Engagement Skills for Pharmacy Staff.” The course, available with CPE, supports the pharmacy professional’s ability to provide patients with in-store counseling and can be included in curriculum for Medication Therapy Management (MTM) training.
“In our surveys of pharmacists, they reported wanting more training in how to interact with their patients,” says Rick Fueling, LearnSomething’s executive vice president and COO. “So we developed a model that provides the patient counseling tools and communication skills needed to manage interactions and build long-term relationships. In pilot tests in retail pharmacies, our model has shown to be effective and efficient. For the busy pharmacists, both are essential.”
The engagement model presented in the course is particularly valuable for interacting with today’s typical pharmacy patient, who takes multiple prescriptions for chronic diseases. The model uses a simple step-by-step process to gather key information from patients and share drug-related and lifestyle knowledge. It shows pharmacists how to build on their role as one of the most trusted sources of healthcare information.
The course can be used by pharmacy professionals to support greater patient adherence – one of the recognized solutions to the current healthcare crisis. A minute or two of interacting with pharmacy patients in the right way can often prevent adverse events.
“It’s not just the information a pharmacist shares that can make such a big difference in patient adherence,” explains Fueling. “We know that when a community pharmacist exhibits interest in patients and their medication therapies, those patients are more likely to take an active role in managing their own treatments and wellness practices.”
For more information about “Patient Engagement Skills for Pharmacy Staff” or similar programs, please contact sales(at)learnsomething(dot)com.
LearnSomething is the leading provider of eLearning solutions for the drug, health care and food industries. For more than 15 years LearnSomething’s products and custom development services have helped retailers, manufacturers and professional associations meet training objectives through flexible online, blended and instructor-led programs. LearnSomething’s Advisor Information Networks are used by pharmaceutical, CPG and other manufacturers to provide retailers with essential information for satisfying compliance and performance needs. The company’s Learning Creation and Management System (LCMS), Learner Community™, simplifies developing, deploying and tracking eLearning products and programs.