Drug Therapy Management

Cedars-Sinai Health Associates has developed comprehensive programs for people with chronic illnesses that require specialized healthcare management. Patients who have been diagnosed with asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease may be eligible to participate in one of the medical group's drug therapy management programs. These programs are designed to help patients function at the highest level possible and remain in control of their health.

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Anti-coagulation Services

Patients receiving anti-coagulation therapy (such as warfarin) are monitored closely by a clinical pharmacist. Patients are educated about anti-coagulation therapy, drug and dietary interactions, laboratory monitoring and possible side effects. The international normalized ratio (INR, the standard measuring scale for blood clotting time) is determined by a simple finger stick, and the warfarin dose is adjusted as necessary to keep the INR at goal.

Asthma

A clinical pharmacist provides education and self-management skills, including identification of asthma triggers and correct usage of inhalers, spacers and peak flow meters. Individualized treatment plans may include medications and other methods for preventing asthma attacks.

Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

This program is designed to help manage symptoms of heart disease and to reduce the risk of this illness in patients who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Specialists provide comprehensive education about heart disease and adjust medication therapy to achieve optimal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Diabetes

Patients are thoroughly educated on the proper techniques for managing diabetes and implementing lifestyle modifications. A certified diabetes educator initiates and adjusts medication as necessary and routinely monitors the patient's progress.

Hepatitis C

A clinical pharmacist, in collaboration with a gastrointestinal specialist, provides detailed education, self injection techniques and self-management strategies for coping with the side effects of treatment. The pharmacist continues monitoring the patient's therapy as necessary.

Nutrition

A registered dietitian devises individualized meal plans and healthy eating strategies for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, as well as those in need of weight management.

Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking can be a difficult and complicated process. A clinical pharmacist provides health information about smoking, the benefits of quitting and develops an individualized plan that may include prescription medications or nicotine replacement therapy. The pharmacist also offers strategies for behavioral modifications and craving control to gradually quit and stay smoke free.

Travel Consultation and Immunization Services

A clinical pharmacist provides a detailed and personalized consultation about health risks, food and water precautions, required immunizations and disease prevention strategies during travels outside the United States. In one visit, patients receive required immunizations and health information, as well as country information and travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State.

An Expert Team

At Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, a team of clinical pharmacists, nurse practitioners and a registered dietitian works closely with each patient's personal physician to provide extensive education, help manage individual medication needs and monitor patient progress.

For More Information

For more information about the Drug Therapy Management Programs, please contact:

Cedars-Sinai Health Associates
Disease Management Programs
250 N. Robertson Blvd., Suite 601
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (310) 385-3534, option 3
Fax: (310) 385-3577
Website: www.cedars-sinaihealthassociates.org

 

For more information about the Nutrition Program, contact:

Cedars-Sinai Health Associates
Nutrition Program
250 N. Robertson Blvd., Suite 606
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (310) 385-3385
Fax: (310) 247-9112
Website: www.cedars-sinaihealthassociates.org
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