Pharmacist leads primary care team to improve diabetes care

Hussein Elsaghir
ENG 3010-010
Project 3: Final Draft
Pharmacy and Radiology Technology
My group consisted on 4 members; Sagar, Raj, and I are majoring in prepharmacy and Ivan is majoring in radiation therapy. Each of us had a certain area to
address pertaining it to the aspects of pharmacy and radiology and how they apply to
the treatment of diabetes.
In my presentation I provided clarification on what diabetes is and stated that
pharmacists play a key role in the treatment of diabetes due to their knowledge of
medications, and the overall stages and treatments pertaining to diabetics. Sagar was
responsible for pharmacist communication and their ties in discourse communities.
Sagar spoke about the how prescribers use prescriptions to communicate with the
pharmacists, and the types of lexis they use when writing prescriptions such as ā€œT,
1,TA, PO, QDā€ which translates into take 1 tablet by mouth once daily. Discourse
communities are crucial in the field of pharmacy because it provides a strong and
clear workflow between doctors and pharmacists, which will eventually lead to
pharmacist consultation and interactions with the patient. Raj then expanded on the
types of medications used in diabetic care such as insulin pumps, insulin needle
injections, capsules, and tablets. This was important because it stressed the types of
resources pharmacist use for treatment, that help them communicate with their
patients in a more illustrative way. The link between the aspects of pharmacy and
radiology came into perspective when Ivan explained how radiation could assist
diabetics who are diagnosed with pancreatic, liver, or even kidney cancer. This ties
into diabetic treatment because the pancreas, liver, and kidney all effect insulin and
blood glucose levels within the body.
My role in this presentation gave clarification on what diabetes is and the
importance of pharmacist involvement in treatment. To begin my presentation I
defined diabetes as a life-long disease where those who are diagnosed have relatively
high levels of sugar flowing through their bloodstream, and how its cause is still
deemed unknown but it has to do with a deficiency in the immune system. Next, I
explained what diabetes mellitus and adult onset diabetes is and how they differ. By
presenting information in this order, I was able to cover the basics of what diabetes is
and the different types and tie them into how a pharmacist one who is knowledgeable
in the pharmacology is able to better address diabetic patients in treatments and
Recalling my interview with Dr. Hamade, where I learned the importance of
having a solid foundation in regards to the types of medications each patient needs
helped me come up with this technique. In my presentation, I also included a
hyperlink, which could be used to understand more about diabetes, but what helped
the most was the reference link that shows the resources I used to gather this
information. The articles Role of the pharmacist on a multidisciplinary diabetes
team, and Pharmacist leads primary care team to improve diabetes care that
helped me understand the importance and effectiveness of pharmacist treatment in
relation to diabetes.
At first glance, trying to link pharmacy and radiation technology seemed to be
near impossible but after working as a team we were able to come up with a key link
between both fields. Diabetes was the key to our success, not many would understand
how a pharmacist and radiologist can work together but we found that through
diabetes and the organs it effects radiation can be used to help treat the most severe
cases of diabetes in this case cancer. The body has many organs and we researched
and found out that the main organs that effect diabetes are the pancreas, liver, and
kidneys because they effect insulin and blood sugar levels which are key concepts of
diabetes. Besides finding common ground to link the aspects of pharmacy and
radiology we had to structure our speech so the class can best absorb the information
we are presenting in a step-by-step process. Organizing a speech is very important
because if not done correctly the audience will be confused by the random
presentation of material.
1. Hamade, Fatima. Rite Aid Pharmacy, Taylor, MI, Personal Interview.
14 September 2012.
2. Kassam, R. ; Meneilly, G., Role of the pharmacist on a
multidisciplinary diabetes team. American journal of healthsystem pharmacy [serial online]. 2007; 31(3); pp. 215-222.
Available through EBSCOhost. Accessed November 01, 2012.
3. Choe HM ; Bernstein SJ ; Mueller BA ; Walker PC ; Stevenson
JG ; Standiford CJ, Pharmacist leads primary care team to
improve diabetes care. American journal of health-system
pharmacy [serial online]. 2009; 66(7); 622-624. Available
through ESCOhost. Accessed November 02, 2012.
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