Ischaemic Heart Disease (IHD) affects a large number of our patients. For many patients, management may involve taking a range of prescribed medicines along with procedures such as stent insertion.
The aim of this course is to outline the stages of IHD, management options for each stage and the rationale for their use and identify potential issues to discuss with patients.
Dry skin and eczema are skin conditions that affect all age groups and affect both sexes equally, but usually starts in childhood. There has been a steady increase in the prevalence of these conditions over the past 30 years and they represent a large proportion of the patient queries that community pharmacists deal with in their day to day practice.
The aim of this course is to provide pharmacists with an overview of eczema and dry skin and outline the management and treatment options for these conditions.
Schizophrenia is as common in the community as rheumatoid arthritis, with an estimated annual cost of €460 million in Ireland. Up to 10% of patients with schizophrenia die by suicide.
The aim of this course is to provide an outline of schizophrenia, possible causes and treatment options available, along with information and discussion on the role of the community pharmacist in supporting patients to manage their condition.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) present a significant public health problem and are a major cause of acute illness, infertility, long-term disability and death worldwide. In 2013, 12,753 cases of STIs were reported in Ireland; therefore, sexual health is an important aspect to consider for all patients.
The aim of this course is to outline the risk factors, symptoms and treatment for all common STIs as well as provide information on how to reduce the risk of contracting STIs along with an update on emergency contraception.
Immunosuppression can pose a serious health risk to patients. Traditionally, pharmacists would be aware of this issue in post-transplant patients, but nowadays this risk arises in other chronic conditions and as a side-effect of many medicines.
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of immunosuppression, how it can develop and describe the management strategy of both acute and chronic immunosuppression.