Speaker: Dr Louise Grech B.Pharm (Hons)(Melit) M.Phil (Glas) PhD(Melit),
Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, University of Malta
After the webinar, participants should be able:
- demonstrate a clear understanding of pharmacotherapy used in the management of rheumatoid arthritis
- Interpret and evaluate patient data to provide individualised patient care
- Use evidence based data to lead interprofessional discussions to provide best possible treatment outcomes in complex scenarios
- Promote patient education on correct safe use of medications
The webinar aims to revisit the pharmacist’s contribution to safe, effective pharmacotherapy within individualised pharmaceutical care models.
Louise Grech graduated as a pharmacist in 2002 from the University of Malta and started working as a hospital pharmacist at St.Luke’s General Hospital, Malta’s public hospital. In 2004 she was appointed clinical pharmacist within the rheumatology unit. Louise read for her M.Phil degree under the mentorship of Professor Steve Hudson at the University of Strathclyde where she underwent training exposure at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh and the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. Subsequently in 2015 she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Malta. Her research work focuses on design and evaluation of pharmaceutical care models in rheumatology and medication assessment tools in rheumatology. The work in this area has been presented at a number of conferences including the European Society for clinical Pharmacy (ESCP), the Annual American College of Rheumatology and EULAR (European League against Rheumatism) where she was twice awarded a travel grant. Dr Grech has co-authored a number of publications in the area of rheumatology. She is an advocate for interprofessional care and supports the pharmacists role in educating and empowering patients on their conditions and correct use of medications. Dr Grech is involved in teaching clinical pharmacy aspects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.