The ability to order and interpret lab tests will have a profound effect on the potential role pharmacists play in managing chronic conditions.
By Lisa Craig BSc.Phm, RPh. CAE
With legislation pending or approved in most Canadian provinces, pharmacists are eager to understand how these new services can be applied in their day to day practices.
Pharmacists need to appreciate how management of testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS) can be facilitated by their playing an expanded role that includes ordering and interpreting lab tests and collaborating with patients and physicians.
Effective communication with patients on sensitive topics like this is vital. Pharmacists interested in how expanded scope can be used to enhance chronic disease management need to learn more about TDS and their role in helping patients.
Pharmacists need to know how to:
- Apply effective communication techniques in eliciting essential information from patients exhibiting TDS symptoms
- Appreciate how to interpret and, if applicable, order lab tests
- Explain how TDS should be monitored in the pharmacy setting
- Apply effective communication in collaborating with physicians on TRT
Expanded scope offers the opportunity for pharmacists to do more for their patients. With education on the sensitive subject of TDS, they should be able to.