HEALTHCARE Improvement Scotland (HIS) has published Medicines in Scotland: What’s the right treatment for you Information for patients and the public, an A5 medicines factsheet for patients and the public.
Presented in a question and answer format, it focuses on the patient journey starting at consultation and explains how healthcare professionals decide whether to prescribe a medicine and if so, which to prescribe.
The aim is to educate the public about the benefits and risks of medicines and engage patients in shared decision-making, ultimately leading to higher quality care and better outcomes.
Laura McIver, Chief Pharmacist at Healthcare Improvement Scotland told Pharmacy in Practice: “Quality is central to NHS Scotland health policy. The medicines factsheet supports our ambitions of safety, effectiveness and person-centred care which we reinforced more recently in Prescription for Excellence, our Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2014-2015 Realistic Medicine, and The National Clinical Strategy for Scotland.
In helping patients and the public access the medicines factsheet and understand the information, pharmacists and their support staff have a key role in supporting patients to become more involved in decisions about their care and better manage their medicines.”
The factsheet was developed by the Area Drug and Therapeutics Collaborative (ADTC), who worked with healthcare professionals, public partners, public involvement groups and patient and carer support groups across NHSScotland in response to a recommendation of the Health and Sport Committee Inquiry 2013 seeking more open and transparent information for patients and the public on decision making on medicines.
The medicines factsheet, which replaces the 2010 Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS) leaflet, New Medicines in Scotland – who decides what the NHS can provide, can be downloaded from the HIS website.
The ADTC team is currently exploring options for wider dissemination to NHSScotland. If you have any comments and suggestions or require additional information, get in touch with the ADTC team by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.