A Pharmacist, a backpack, and a grand plan: A pharmacist independent prescribing service for the homeless in Glasgow, Scotland

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Abstract

Those working in healthcare might think that homelessness
is the domain of the social support services. However, in
Glasgow, pharmacist Dr Richard Lowrie has turned his
professional skillset to providing a prescribing service to those
sleeping rough. There are many well documented predictors
of poor health outcomes – such as low levels of physical
activity, poor dietary intake, poverty, adverse childhood
experiences, high weekly alcohol consumption, smoking
tobacco, and social isolation – however a major predictor of
poor health that is often neglected is that of homelessness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalPharmacy Growth Research Innovation and Training
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Pharmacist
  • Prescribing
  • Glasgow
  • Homeless
  • Scotland

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