Point-of-care testing and documentation is an emerging opportunity in healthcare delivery that should be embraced by all pharmacists, especially those in community and hospital practice, Pharm. Chijoke Onyia, chairman, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP), Nigeria chapter, has said.
Speaking with Pharmanews in an exclusive interview during an international workshop organised by WAPCP, tagged, “Point-of-Care Testing & Documentation of Pharmaceutical Care Interventions,” and held at the Lagos Presbyterian Hall, Yaba, Lagos, Pharm. Onyia, said that the FIP has recognised point-of-care testing as a golden opportunity that pharmacists can use to raise the standard of their practice and increase the value and quality of service they render to their patients.
Pharm. Onyia noted that the workshop, graced by Pharm. (Dr) UNO Uwaga, former president, PSN; Pharm. (Mrs) Adedoyin Oduntan, director of pharmaceutical services, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan; Pharm. Vern Ohaya, Trustee Drug Inc., USA; as well as other eminent pharmacists, was orgnaised to ensure that pharmacists were aware of the emerging trends in pharmacy practice that they could embrace to optimise the value they render to their patients.
The WAPCP boss stated that documentation of pharmaceutical care interventions had been a major challenge in the implementation of pharmaceutical care plan by pharmacists, adding that it was important for pharmacists to ensure proper documentation of their health care intervention efforts.
Pharm. Onyia explained further that the workshop was not limiting its focus to documentation and gathering of data, but exploring what the data gathered could be used for, noting that health data could be quite invaluable in making policy decision on health.
He also urged pharmacists to not only embrace point-of-care testing and documentation, but to explore how they can make their documentation techniques better. He urged those who were using manual documentation technique to embrace the digital technique, also known as e-documentation.
The WAPCP helmsman further disclosed that the new executives of the Nigerian chapter was also using the opportunity of its AGM, held at the same venue, to highlight their new agenda which had been articulated and communicated to all members, adding that the executives would also inaugurate the various zonal coordinators for the WAPCP zones to enable the chapter reach out to all Fellows and ensure that they were part of all its activities.